Tag: toxic

Greenlaurel: Baltimore’s Industrial ‘Yuck’ is Seeping into Our Waterways (and Possibly Our People)

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Scrap metal left out in the elements can leach toxic metals that flow in rain runoff to waterways. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A share of Maryland’s stormwater pollution problem comes from unchecked, sky-high amounts of toxic yuck washed away from Baltimore’s industrial junkyards, landfills and businesses, according to some new investigative research from two nonprofit groups.

Greenlaurel: Today is Maryland’s First-Ever Children’s Environmental Health Day

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Everyday consumer products contain untested, and oftentimes unhealthy synthetic chemicals. Found in grocery stores, shampoo often contains fake scents based on phthalates, a known hormone disruptor.

Already a legislative leader in reducing children’s toxic exposure, Maryland is now the third state to officially designate today as Children’s Environmental Health Day. The state’s new eco-holiday is an ideal time to take stock of the clear link between negative health outcomes for kids and the 80,000 mostly untested chemicals found in our air, water, consumer products and food, and perhaps more importantly, to consider taking steps to reduce our kids’ exposure to everyday chemicals.