Chemical Exposure News

Cancer agent found in cosmetics

February 8th, 2007

Many products in the cosmetics industry contain common petroleum-based ingredients such as 1,4-dioxane, which has been linked to cancer. This chemical, which easily penetrates the skin, is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable human carcinogen. It can be easily removed from ingredients during manufacture, but tests by the Environmental Working Group show that this seldom happens, which leaves consumers at risk for a variety of health problems.

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Chemical exposure and children being studied in Florida

October 14th, 2004

Government researchers, along with the American Chemistry Council, have begun a project to determine how children are exposed to pesticides and other chemicals in their homes. The chemicals being measured include pesticides, flame retardants and perfluorinated chemicals.

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Link established between cigarette smoking and AML

May 27th, 2004

A report by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society links cigarette smoking with acute myelogenous leukemia. The report, “The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General,” was released today.

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Toxic air in SW Indy creating health issues

February 22nd, 2004

The southwest corner of Indianapolis features a smattering of working-class neighborhoods surrounded by factories where aircraft engines, automobile parts, medicine and chemicals are made. People there may pay a price for living in Marion County's industrial hub. An investigation by the Indianapolis Star found some troubling statistics.

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ExxonMobil settles hazardous waste case for $11.2M

December 14th, 2001

One of the United States’ biggest hazardous waste cases has been settled, with ExxonMobil agreeing to pay $11.2 million. The case, filed in 1996, charged the company with mismanaging benzene-contaminated wastes at Port Mobil, a major storage and distribution terminal on Staten Island, New York.

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