Industrial Chemical Found in Many Waters and Lands

The synthetic compound dinitrotoluene, contaminating military sites, industrial settings, and other areas, is used primarily to make polyurethane products found in goods such as bedding and furniture, as well as in explosives, ammunition, dyes, and air bags.

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"Accidental Release of Toxic Chemicals, Polluted Water by Local Plants Cited in Report"

"Frequent accidents at 10 of the state's biggest refineries resulted in the release of millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into the air and millions of gallons of polluted water into state water courses between 2005 and 2008, according to a report to be released this morning by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/08/2009

"Selenium From Power Plants Poses Ecological Risks, Spurs EPA Review"

"Selenium is an essential nutrient, but excess amounts can be dangerous to wildlife and people. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing a new regulation that would require more than 600 coal-fired power plants to clean up -- perhaps even eliminate -- wastewater discharged into lakes, rivers and other waterways."

Source: EHN, 12/07/2009


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