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Pentachlorophenol contains dioxins, which are used in making chemical weapons, like Agent Orange, and can peel away human skin and cause leukemia.
The San Jacinto River Waste Pits, for example, contain carcinogenic dioxins, which are linked to birth defects.
In 1998 the federal government tested the blood of Mossville residents and discovered dioxin levels to be among the highest ever seen in the country.
For example, early-in-life exposure to air pollution, dioxin, the chemical PFOSA (used in some food packaging), and the pesticide DDT are all associated with a two- to five-fold increased risk of breast cancer, the review found.
And like dioxins, PCBs can also be inadvertent by-products, made incidentally during the manufacture of titanium dioxide, for example, or a shade of yellow organic inks and dyes reminiscent of the letters that spell out SPAM.
The contamination was caused by the chemical dioxin released by Dow decades ago.
Unlike some chemicals, like dioxin, lead, or mercury, that tend to persist and build up in various tissues, phthalates are generally not persistent, though under some circumstances, phthalates do tend to accumulate in certain organs.
Environmental scrutiny in later years led to widespread retrofits of pollution-control technologies to remove mercury and dioxin.
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