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By the 1950s, the health hazards ofsolvents like TCE, perchloroethylene, and benzene were widely known. Evidenceabout toxic metals like lead, cadmium, chromium, and mercury was wellestablished. And chemicals ingredients in jet fuel, diesel, and gasolinewere known to be toxic - even lethal - at high doses.
A scientist who worked for the chemical industry now shapes policy on hazardous chemicals. Within the E.P.A., there is fear that public health is at risk. (At right, a signing ceremony for new rules on toxic chemicals.)
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If this story were rare, or if thedangers of Tim's work were a necessary part of defending the health and welfareof US citizens, there would be no outrage over the chemical hazards and harmthat Tim and other military men and women were subjected to. But thesehazards were avoidable, and the harm unnecessary. Standard operations inmany routine military jobs were not carried out safely, in spite of widelyrecognized safety practices outside of the military. Ignoringestablished and relatively simple exposure control methods, the Department ofDefense made a decision to allow enlisted personnel handle toxic chemicalswithout knowledge of the hazards or how to protect themselves. Tim could havebeen given protective gear, but he wasn't. He could have been told thatthe power wash fluid was dangerous on contact or when he inhaled it, but hewasn't.
Toxic waste presents a serious human health threat
Many health effects of toxic chemicalsare discussed below. They range from cancer to birth defects, many typesof organ damage (liver, kidneys, heart) and even death. The amount andtiming of exposure, as well as individual variations in susceptibility tochemicals determine whether someone will be harmed, and the types of diseasesor conditions that may occur. The chemicals involved can damage everyorgan in the body, given sufficient exposure. But even very smallexposures can be harmful for some individuals, and exposures to carcinogens areable to initiate a chain of biological events that will be manifest as cancermany decades later.
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The lack of sites for disposal of toxic and nuclear waste has led to proposals to dump these hazardous wastes in uranium mill tailings piles or in former uranium mines.
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In addition, it was planned to cover this toxic waste with an additional 5 meter layer of domestic waste, but this was not realized due to protests of residents.