The Third Annual Toxies Awards for Bad Chemical Actors was held June 24, 2012 at the Silent Film Theatre in Hollywood. It was A Fracking Night to Remember!
Photos by Michael Collins/EnviroReporter.com, Chico Cortinas, G. McCarthy/Gary Leonard Photography & Dale Ramicone for EnviroReporter.com
Tex Doolittle co-hosted the Third Annual Toxies this year.
Third Annual Toxies crowd gathers.
Where else but Hollywood would there be a Toxies?
Eager photogs wait for the hot chemicals to arrive.
Backstage - Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) studying her lines and musing on how everything can be modified to be just right.
Halogenated Flame Retardants studies her lines though she already knows them well: "I'm here to stay whatever you call me!"
Marta Dina Arguello, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles, interviews Halogenated Flame Retardants.
Martha Dina Arguello, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles, interviews Nitrates.
Itty bitty and made up of all sorts of heavy metals.
The dance this dust does is in the dirty lungs of folks living close to freeways which means just about everyone in Southern California except those folks in manses on the ocean that are the most likely to inhale uranium-filled "buckyballs."
Phthalates is perky and poisonous.
Phthalates aims to please with that new car smell.
Trichloroethylene makes his way to the red carpet.
Also known as TCE, this rocket engine solvent glories in gooing up groundwater in Southern California and across the country under military and aerospace sites.
TCE rules the roost with his vaporizing gas that causes cancer.
TCE monitoring stations exist all over America but you don't need one here because trichloroethylene is in the house!
Shameless TCE can't be controlled especially in California when "captured" state government agencies like the Department of Toxic Substances Control actively work against the betterment of the environment.
Happy and patriotic TCE salutes those about to breathe.
TCE salutes Boeing for the over 800,000 gallons of it polluting the groundwater under the old Rocketdyne site, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
TCE has made the whole San Gabriel Valley aquifer an EPA Superfund cleanup site.
TCE causes male breast cancer he brags.
TCE is addictive with its sweet sickly fumes.
TCE leaks from many brands of pepper spray impacting unknowing police officers.
TCE is not banned.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) making the red carpet.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are perfect because they are designed to be perfect and it's clear that GMO certainly is.
PSR-LA's Ana Mascarenas with co-hosts Consuela Contaminacion, Tex Doolittle and Mrs. Doolittle at the "step and repeat."
Fracking Chemical Cocktail needs security to attend the event.
Friends call her Frackie. Industry is Frackie's friend.
Frackie is well turned out.
What's in her cocktails are a mystery.
That mystery is a trade secret but includes 600 chemicals possibly including radionuclides used as tracers.
Frackie is tasty. She tastes like "energy independence."
Mr. Johnson finds Frackie irresistible.
What a pair! And Mr. Johnson and Frackie look good too!
Frackie is a charmer and Mr. Johnson is charmed.
These two are quite the showstoppers oozing charisma and good looks.
Mr. Johnson & Fracking Chemical Cocktail break into song such is the strong connection between this cool guy and this hot Toxie. They sang the dance floor hit "A Fracking Night to Remember" for the adoring crowd.
Time for awards! This is when the bad guys get the big prizes.
Ultrafine Particulate Matter is fine in spandex and in our lungs.
Toxies in back to back competition.
Perchloroethylene aces out TCE.
Dioxin gets ready to bring home the heavy metal statuette.
Formaldehyde eyes the prize.
Mercury, Lead and and the truly crazed PolyChlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) want the big prize: Lifetime Achievement in Harm.
Even chemicals that harm infants bask in the limelight at the Toxies. Like BPA which is in baby bottles and is, of course, toxic.
Bisphenol-a (BPA) may seem bummed but that's because of all the bad press. She actually relishes lining cans and bodies.
TCE makes Dr. Strangelove look like a piker.
TCE rules and is measurable in all Southern California ambient air, such is his power.
Lead & Mercury duke it out again in the fight for Lifetime Achievement in Harm Award. This happens every year and is always great. PCBs get 'in' on the act.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is a cool contestant knowing that her act can be copied!
Frackie drilled down the other contestants.
Time home for Frackie to take home the big one.
Frackie is excited.
Frackie won't be denied.
Frackie mops the floor with the other Toxies.
What the frack!
Bubbly onstage and underground.
"Would you like a double?"
Make mine the whole tray and you too, Frackie!
And the winner is The Third Annual Toxies for Bad Actor Chemicals at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood where the Worst Burst with Goo for You!
The dashing Mr. Johnson celebrates Frackie's success at the robust Toxies party.
Frackie's partner revels in her emerging status as America's greatest Toxie threat.