What you need to know about the chemical hazards at your local chemical plant
Chemical hazard experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and elsewhere have warned about a problem that’s plaguing the nation’s chemical industry.
The EPA is warning that in some states, the chemicals in your house may be more dangerous than you think.
The problem isn’t confined to just home use; the EPA has said it’s concerned that many chemicals used in agriculture, in hospitals, and elsewhere can be hazardous.
As we reported this week, the EPA said that the chemical in question, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), is the same chemical found in the chemical spill that killed hundreds of people in West Virginia.
Now, the agency is releasing a series of documents detailing what’s known about the chemicals that could cause health problems, including some that may not be listed on the federal government’s list of regulated chemicals.
Here are the basics of the problem: In some states — like Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, and Mississippi — people are taking certain kinds of chemicals in their water that are known to cause cancer.
The chemical can be toxic to humans.
A study released this week by the journal Nature found that people who were exposed to the chemical found it to be a cause of thyroid cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia in a large study.
The chemicals were not listed as a cancer-causing agent on the agency’s list, which lists chemicals that may cause cancer but aren’t listed as “probable carcinogens.”
But the EPA isn’t saying how many people were exposed.
“It’s not clear what proportion of the population may have been exposed to any of the chemicals,” the agency said in a statement.
But the agency noted that people in some places have reported getting cancer from the chemical.
A lot of people have told the agency they’ve gotten cancer from polychlorination compounds, or PCBs, and some states are reporting that cancer has spread from one area to another.
A few states have also reported cases of cancers linked to the chemicals.
But there’s no definitive evidence that the chemicals have caused any particular cancers.
The agency said that people with cancer could have gotten the disease because of their genetic makeup.
The issue is the exposure of those people to the substances.
Some people who work in the industry or live near factories are exposed to toxic chemicals from the industrial process, according to a report published this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
A person can get cancer from exposure to industrial chemicals through eating meat and drinking water, according a recent study.
Another study found that workers in factories in China who were also exposed to polychlorinate additives had higher rates of thyroid and breast cancer.
But a study published in May in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no link between PCB exposure and breast and thyroid cancer.
And a study released last month in the American Journal of Epidemiology found no evidence of any connection between exposure to PCBs and leukemia.
A third study, published in August in the British Medical Journal, found that PCBs could be a risk factor for cancer in people with advanced or chronic lung disease.
And an article published this month in Scientific Reports found that the level of polychlorine in drinking water is linked to thyroid cancer risk.
The new documents show that while the government is trying to track the chemicals used, the problem isn-t easy.
For example, it’s not known how many chemicals are used in the process of manufacturing, processing, and shipping products like food, cosmetics, and electronics.
There’s also not a clear idea of how many workers are exposed.
The documents don’t specify how many employees are exposed, but the EPA is asking the public to contact its offices and state offices if they’ve had any problems.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has been tracking the chemicals and their use for more than a decade, and the agency says it’s been tracking more than 15 million cases of cancer.
(The agency says that number includes cases that haven’t been linked to chemicals.)
But a number of states have no system in place to track exposure to chemicals.
So far, the federal agency hasn’t released the chemicals it has found linked to cancer, including the chemicals found in drinking waters, as well as some that are regulated.
But some experts say it’s a good thing that the federal agencies aren’t in the business of monitoring the chemicals as they’re used.
“I’m glad the EPA can focus its attention on the problem,” said Dr. David S. Dutcher, a senior epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute.
“We don’t have a lot of information about the extent of exposure.”