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SkullandCrossBones-ChemicalThe Daily Green: Below is a list of the newly listed chemicals, how each is used, and the health issue California researchers associated with it. The grim accounting: 12 compounds that may harm the male reproductive system; 11 that may cause cancer; eight that may interfere with the normal development of fetuses, babies and children; and two that may harm the female reproductive system. (Note: Chemicals are listed twice if they have effects on more than one body system.)

Male Reproductive Toxicants

  1. n-Butyl glycidyl ether, a chemical used to make epoxy resins with a number of uses in common products
  2. Carbaryl, a household pesticide used to kill a range of insects, and sold as Sevin by GardenTech and Bayer (also a developmental toxicant)
  3. 2-Chloropropionic acid, a chemical used to make herbicides
  4. Dichloroacetic acid, which forms in drinking water as a byproduct of disinfection using chlorine
  5. Diglycidyl ether, a chemical used to make epoxy resins
  6. Ethylene oxide, a chemical mainly used in the manufacturing of chemicals like antifreeze and polyester (also a developmental toxicant)
  7. Ethyl-tert-butyl ether, a common gasoline additive
  8. Methyl chloride, a chemical used primarily to make silicone polymers, but also used in other processes, including the oil refining
  9. Methyl n-butyl ketone, an industrial solvent
  10. Phenyl glycidyl ether, an industrial chemical
  11. 1,3,5-Triglycidyl-s-triazinetrione, a constituent of some paints
  12. 4-Vinyl-cyclohexene, a chemical used in the production of epoxy resins (also a female reproductive toxicant)

Carcinogens

  1. Amsacrine, a chemotherapy drug
  2. Bleomycins, antibiotics used in chemotherapy treatments
  3. Chlorophenoxy herbicides, including 2,4-D, are common weedkillers sold for lawn and garden use
  4. Marine diesel fuel
  5. Progestins, synthetic hormones found in some birth controls
  6. Styrene, an ingredient in many plastic and foam products
  7. Toxins derived from Fusarium moniliforme (Fusarium verticillioides), a fungus
  8. Vinyl acetate, a compound used to make polymers used in plastics, films, lacquers, adhesives, inks, water-based emulsion paints, floor tiling, safety glasses, cosmetics and personal care products and other goods
  9. Wood dust
  10. Zalcitabine, an HIV drug sold as Hivid
  11. Zidovudine (AZT), an HIV drug

Developmental Toxicants

  1. Tert-Amyl methyl ether, a common fuel additive
  2. Carbaryl, a household pesticide used to kill a range of insects, and sold as Sevin by GardenTech and Bayer (also a male reproductive toxicant)
  3. Chloroform, which is used in the manufacturing of other chemicals, and which can form in drinking water as a byproduct of disinfection using chlorine
  4. N,N-dimethylacetamide, a solvent used in industries ranging from fibers and adhesives to pharmaceuticals and plasticizers
  5. Ethylene oxide, a chemical mainly used in the manufacturing of chemicals like antifreeze and polyester (also a male reproductive toxicant)
  6. 2-Ethylhexanoic acid, a chemical associated with phthalates and PVC plastics
  7. p,p’-Oxybis (benzenesulfonyl hydrazide), an industrial chemical
  8. Phenylphosphine, an industrial chemical

Female Reproductive Toxicants

  1. Toluene, a constituent of oil, is found in gasoline and is used to make paints, paint thinners, fingernail polish, lacquers, adhesives and rubber
  2. 4-Vinyl-cyclohexene, a chemical used in the production of epoxy resins (also a male reproductive toxicant)
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Written by mattliving

June 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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  1. For more than 20 years, styrene has been the subject of numerous studies to determine its potential to affect human health. While the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified styrene as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” no regulatory health agency has actually stated that styrene causes cancer in humans.


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