EPA Builds List of Potentially Dangerous Chemicals

Rates of learning disabilities, autism and related conditions are on the rise. In response, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing a list of the pollutants likely to contribute to these or other neurological disorders.

Some of the compounds on the EPA's list are found everywhere -- in household products, drinking water, medicine, and within the environment. They include cadmium, which is used to etch cartoons onto children's glasses, and the flame retardants used to fireproof upholstered furniture.

According to Politics Daily:

"Other chemicals on the draft roster include: Aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in sodas, and in other foods and drinks; Bisphenol A, a chemical widely used in consumer goods, including the resin lining of most food and beverage cans; products made from polycarbonate plastics ... Pesticides and insect repellents, including aldicarb, DEET, lindane, (used for lice and scabies), maneb, and paraquat; Trichloroethylene, formerly used in dry cleaning but still available as a cleaning and degreasing agent and a contaminant in drinking water."

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