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Polluting Our Future: Chemical Pollution in the U.S.--September 8, 2000--The National Environmental Trust, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Learning Disabilities Association of America announced research findings today estimating that releases into the environment of developmental and neurological toxins amount to about 24 billion pounds a yearToxic Release Inventory Data, from PSR Web site--enough toxic chemicals to fill railroad tanker cars stretching from New York to Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the first ever effort to comprehensively examine the scope and sources of such pollution, the groups found that U.S. industries reported only 5 percent of estimated total emissions of developmental and neurological toxins to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to industry reported data, Louisiana and Texas emit the most developmental and neurological toxins to air and water.

Environmental Working Group: Moms and POPs. "Everyone knows that women eat - and often crave - different foods when they're pregnant. But an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of government data shows that some of the things they eat more of give their babies an extra dose of toxic pollutants at the most delicate stage of life. These persistent organic pollutants (POPs) include chlordane, dieldrin, DDT, heptachlor and heptachlor epoxide, hexachlorobenzene, and toxaphene."

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility. In Harms Way. "Awareness of learning and behavioral disorders is reaching more and more people, either first hand or through someone we know. Can toxics in our air, water or food combine with other factors to keep our children from reaching their full human potential?"

National Environmental Trust. Toxic Toys. Many toys still contain potentially hazardous substance more than one year after government asks companies to take it out. This reports looks at what was done, and what needs to be done to make toys safer for children.

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