This paper documents,
for policymakers, advocates, and the general public, the terrorist
threat posed by chemical use in communities and opportunities to make
communities inherently safer. . Download
the full report (PDF).
LANDS: THE THREAT OF TOXIC FERTILIZER (5/3/01)
The recycling of hazardous industrial wastes into fertilizers
introduces several dozen toxic metals and chemicals into the nation's
farm, lawn and garden soils, including such well-known toxic substances
as lead and mercury. Many crops and plants extract these toxic metals
from the soil, increasing the chance of impacts on human health as
crops and plants enter the food supply chain. This report documents
the highly toxic substances found by testing fertilizers, as well
as the strict regulations needed to protect humans and the environment
from these toxic hazards.
Government recommendations for fish consumption could
expose more than one in four expectant mothers - 1 million women - to
enough mercury to put the health of their fetuses at risk, according
to a new computer investigation released today by the Environmental
Working Group (EWG) and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S.
PIRG). "Brain Food: What Women Should Know About Mercury Contamination
of Fish," examines widespread mercury contamination in fish species
caught and sold commercially.