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  • Birth Defects & Other Reproductive Disorders

    Every day, pregnant women are exposed to toxic substances that can be harmful to their babies. Potential effects include physical defects, learning disabilities, and other disorders. This pamphlet suggests some easy things you can do to protect your baby’s health. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Maternal and Child Health

    The interaction of unique physiologic, pharmacokinetic, and exposure factors for pregnant women, fetuses, infants, and children make these populations especially susceptible to certain waterborne contaminants. Read more »

  • The Need for Chemical Reform in the United States

    The U. S. chemicals management system is broken. It fails to protect human health from hazardous chemicals adequately because it lacks mandatory safety requirements before a chemical can gain access to market. Read more »

  • Healthy Fish, Healthy Families

    How you can enjoy the benefits of seafood, while making smart choices to lower the risks of pollution. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Radon

    Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed by uranium and radium in rocks and soil. Groundwater dissolves radon from uranium-containing rock, resulting in generally higher concentrations of radon in well water compared with drinking water derived from surface waters, such as rivers and lakes. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Nitrate

    The term nitrate refers to a large family of nitrogen-containing organic and inorganic compounds. Each year, 12 million tons of nitrogen are applied as commercial fertilizers, and some 150,000 tons of nitrate compounds are released into the environment by industrial facilities. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Lead

    For most Americans, lead exposure has been significantly reduced in recent decades through bans on leaded gasoline and lead-based paint. However, lead remains a serious public health threat for developing fetuses, infants, and children, who are particularly sensitive to its toxic effects. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: E. coli 0157:H7

    Escherichia coli is a normal commensal organism for humans and many animals. While there are many harmless E. coli strains, E. coli O157:H7 can cause food- and waterborne illness. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Drinking Water and the Elderly

    Aging is associated with physiological, functional, and behavioral changes that can result in increased vulnerability to biological and chemical contaminants in drinking water. Read more »

  • Drinking Water Fact Sheet: Disinfection Byproducts

    Disinfection byproducts (DBPs) form when chlorine or other disinfectants react with organic material (from the decomposition of leaves and other vegetation) naturally found in drinking water sources. The use of chlorine to disinfect drinking water has been hailed as one of the major public health breakthroughs in the 20th century, resulting in a large decrease in mortality from waterborne infectious disease. However, in 1976 the National Cancer Institute published data showing that chloroform, a chlorination byproduct, caused cancer in rodents. There is now evidence that disinfection—though pivotal in fighting infectious disease—may also result in cancer and other health risks for humans. Read more »

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