Phthalates

Phthalates and Bisphenol A • Phthalates and BPA are man‐made chemicals called endocrine disruptors. • Phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) are used for a variety of purposes in plastics and personal care …

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Trichloroethylene

What is Trichloroethylene? Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a stable, low-boiling, colorless, photo reactive liquid with a chloroform-like odor. TCE and products containing it have a wide range of applications: • Solvent …

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Methotrexate

What is Methotrexate? Methotrexate (MTX) is a trade name for amethopterin, a substance that neutralizes folic acid to inhibit DNA synthesis. What is it used for? MTX is a cancer …

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Mercury

What is Mercury? As one of the 92 basic atomic elements, mercury occurs naturally in the environment in both the metallic or elemental state. Metallic mercury is a shiny, silver-white, …

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Lead

What is Lead? Lead (Pb) is a soft, malleable blue gray heavy metal that tarnishes in air. It occurs in the environment as many organic and inorganic compounds in addition …

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Formaldehyde

What is Formaldehyde? Formaldehyde is a colorless, unstable gas with a suffocating odor. Formaldehyde is a breakdown product of methanol that further breaks down into formic acid. Its commercial use …

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Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine Disruptors In the book, Our Stolen Future, Theo Colborn, Diane Dumanoski and John Peterson Myers have focused the public’s attention on a newly discovered threat from synthetic chemicals that …

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Dursban

What is Dursban? Dursban is a trade name for chlorpyrifos, a broad-spectrum insecticide used to kill a wide variety of insects. Classified as an organophosphate, chlorpyrifos is a contact poison …

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Dioxin

What are Dioxins? Dioxins are a family of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin compounds that are found everywhere in the environment, generally at low levels. These large, complex molecules do not easily biodegrade …

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DES

What is DES? Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a synthetic (man-made) hormone. It is the most potent estrogenic compound known – more powerful than natural estrogen. It is one of the general …

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