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We are all lab rats in one giant, toxic, and deadly experiment.
The Environmental Defense Fund has released a new report, titled Toxics Across America
, which looks at the billions of pounds of toxic and potentially deadly chemicals that are currently in the American marketplace.
The report looks at 120 chemicals that have been identified by state, federal and international officials as hazardous to our health.
It also looks at which of those chemicals are currently distributed in the U.S, what amounts they are being produced in, where they are being manufactured, and which companies are responsible for them.
The report's key findings include that at least 81 of the chemicals studied are produced in or imported to the U.S. each year in amounts of 1 million pounds or more.
Also, 14 of the chemicals studied come in at quantities of 1 billion pounds or more per year, including known carcinogens, or cancer-causing chemicals, like formaldehyde and benzene.
And, at least 90 of the chemicals that the EDF studied are commonly found in consumer and commercial products, including 8 used in children's products.
With billions of pounds of toxic chemicals being produced and used in the United States each year, you'd think that our government would have strict regulations in place to monitor those chemicals, and to keep Americans safe from them.