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Unnecessary Hazards: How Safer Alternatives Can Reduce Our Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

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Publication Date: February 2007

Publisher(s): Environment Connecticut Research and Policy Center

Author(s): Travis Madsen; Christopher Phelps

Funder(s): John Merck Fund

Funder(s): John Merck Fund

Topic: Environment (Pollution and environmental degradation)

Keywords: public health; toxics

Type: Report

Coverage: Connecticut

Abstract:

Connecticut citizens are exposed to thousands of harmful toxic chemicals in the course of daily life. However, unlike pharmaceutical drugs, most of these chemicals have not been tested for safety. Unnecessary Hazards explores 10 types of chemicals that contaminate Connecticut's homes and environment and put our health at risk. The report concludes that, for each type of chemical, safer alternatives exist. Moreover, they can be implemented at minimal cost, or even net savings. By requiring the use of safer alternatives for dangerous chemicals found in commerce, Connecticut can protect its environment, workers, and families--without harming the strength of Connecticut's business and industry community.