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  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Human Health Effects

    A fact sheet on the health effects of PCBs, from Oregon PSR. Read more »

  • Mercury & Neurodevelopment

    A fact sheet on the health impacts of mercury and its contribution to neurodevelopment disorders, from Oregon PSR. Read more »

  • Airborne Particulate Matter and Public Health

    A fact sheet on particulate matter in air pollution and its effects, from Oregon PSR. Read more »

  • Shale Gas and Public Health

    Jake Hays and Adam Law, MD on the public health concerns of hydraulic fracturing. This handout is a reprint from PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute. Read more »

  • The Health Risks of Fracking in Colorado

    An interview with Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH on a health risk assessment of natural gas drilling in Colorado. This handout is a reprint from PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute. Read more »

  • The Big Secret? Fracking Fluids

    Walter H. Tsou, MD, MPH on the dangers of the toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. This handout is a reprint from PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute. Read more »

  • How Fracking Harms Communities

    Jill Kriesky, PhD on socioeconomic change and human stress associated with shale gas extraction. This handout is a reprint from PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute. Read more »

  • Toxic Chemicals in Our Food System

    What chemicals are in the food we eat? Chemicals are used in every step of the process that puts food on our table: production, harvesting, processing, packing, transport, marketing and consumption and can be dangerous to our health. Read more »

  • Fracking: Harm on the Farm

    Chemical exposures that harm farm animals and wild animals raise concern about health risks for people living near fracking sites, as the animals use the same water and breathe the same air as humans. Another, indirect concern for human health also exists: in multiple known cases of chemical exposure, cows continued to produce dairy and meat for human consumption, although it remained untested for chemical contaminants. Read more »

  • Fracking and Water Contamination

    Hydraulic fracturing combines water with an array of chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic, endocrine-disruptive, or otherwise toxic. The result is the contamination of huge quantities of water, with potential immediate and long-term threats to health. Read more »

 

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