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More Usual Chemical Suspects Head to Count

Author: the Inkslinger

The wheels of progress may grind slowly at the EPA, but at least they grind. The latest evidence is a new list of chemicals the agency will someday screen for endocrine disruption.

The 109 chemicals on the new list will undergo tests designed to tell us whether or not they might cause endocrine disruption, a condition that occurs when certain pollutants enter our bodies and mimic hormones with results more than a few medical experts believe could be quite calamitous. [1] The list includes chemicals to which you and I may be unwittingly exposed in the course of daily life. More than a few of them may ultimately test positive for hormone disruption, so why wait for EPA tests results? Here are ten common chemicals on the list for which we can practice some preemptive precaution:

Anliline. Found in a wide variety of products such as polyurethan foam, agricultural chemicals, syntheitc dyes, antioxidants, stabilizers for the rubber industry, herbicides, and varnishes.

Benzene. Found in cigarette smoke, solvents, automotive products, and sealants. [2]

Ethylene glycol. Found in antifreeze, brake fluids, ink, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. [3]

Hexane. Used as a solvent to extract oil from soybeans and create soy protein, hexane has been found in non-organic soy products and foods made with them. [4]

Lindane. Found in shampoos and other products used to treat head lice and scabies.

P-dichlorobenzene or paradichlorobenzene. Used in moth balls, bathroom deodorant blocks, and insecticides. [5]

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). These perfluorinated chemicals are used in non-stick cookware coatings, textile stain repellents, and grease-proof food packaging, and are released when those products break down during use. [6]

Propanoic acid. Found in sodium propionate and calcium propionate, which are used as food preservatives.

Tetrachloroethylene. Also known as perchloroethylene, this chemical is found in dry cleaning solvent and released by clothes that have been dry cleaned at conventional facilities. [7]

Trichloroethylene: Used as a solvent and degreaser can be found in products like paints, adhesives and spot removers. [8]

Let’s not wait another minute for the EPA to pass judgment on these chemicals. Skip them today for a healthier tomorrow!


About the Inkslinger
The Inkslinger has written about environmental issues for over 20 years and is a freelance writer for some of America’s most iconoclastic companies and non-profits. His true loves include nature, music of the Americana/rock and roll variety, interior design, books, old things, good stories, pagan rituals, and his wife of 24 years, with whom he lives in an undisclosed chemical-free rural Vermont location along with his teenage daughter and two infinitely hilarious Australian shepherds.

Photo: Kirstie Warner

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