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EPA's List of Suspect Chemicals (Abridged)

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This list is adapted from an EPA poster presentation of chemicals with the strongest evidence of developmental neurotoxicity that the agency plans to finish and release next year. We omitted some medications and drugs like LSD and cocaine and caffeine. EPA also has a second list of chemicals, with lesser evidence of developmental neurotoxicity, which includes many common pollutants such as formaldehyde, malathion, dichloromethane (methylene chloride) and atrazine.
2-ethoxyethyl Acetate – a solvent, used as a coating for wood, metal and other materials; sometimes found in cosmetics.
Acibenzolar-S methyl -- a fungicide
Acrylamide – a chemical that is produced naturally in certain foods when they are cooked at high temperatures. It is also manufactured industrially for use in the production of polyacrylamide gels, which are used for various purposes, including the treatment of drinking water and wastewater; and found in cigarette smoke.
Aldicarb – a pesticide
Allethrin – a pesticide
Aluminum (lactate) -- used in lotions to treat very dry skin.
Aminopterin – chemical originally developed for use in cancer treatment;
Arsenic -- a semi-metal element, which enters drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the Earth or from agricultural and industrial practices.
Aspartame – an artificial sweetener
Benomyl – a fungicide
Benzene a volatile organic chemical, formed through natural processes, such as volcanoes and forest fires. It is also formed from industrial processes, and is used to make plastics, rubber, resins and synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester. Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke.
Bioallethrin (s-bioallethrin) a pesticide
Bis(tri-n-butyltin)oxide a biocide
Bisphenol A This chemical is the main ingredient in polycarbonate plastic, used to make water bottles, baby bottles and food storage and heating trays; and epoxy resin, which is used in the lining of most food and beverage cans.
Butylated Hydroxy Anisole – a food additive, better known as BHA.
Butylated hydroxytoluene a toluene-based ingredient used as a preservative in food and personal care products.
Cadmium – a natural element in the Earth's crust. It is found in food, and people can be exposed from smoking cigarettes or breathing cigarette smoke or from water or industrial facilities which release it into the air.
Carbaryl -- insecticide
Carbon monoxide -- an odorless and colorless toxic gas
Chlordecone – an insecticide.
Chlorine dioxide – a chemical mostly used to disinfect water.
Chlorpyrifos -- insecticide
Cypermethrin --insecticide
DEET – a common ingredient in insect repellents
Deltamethrin -- insecticide
Diazinon – a pesticide
Dieldrin an insecticide no longer produced in the U.S., but still found in the environment.
Ethanol – grain alcohol, produced from crops such as corn, used as a fuel additive, solvent and for other purposes.
Ethylene thiourea – an industrial chemical mostly used to make rubber products, but also in the manufacture of fungicides and rodenticides.
Fluazinam – a fungicide
Heptachlor – a non-agricultural insecticide, whose use is now very limited.
Hexachlorobenzene can be formed as a byproduct during the manufacture of chemicals used as solvents, other chlorine-containing compounds, and pesticides. Small amounts of hexachlorobenzene can also be produced during combustion processes such as burning of city wastes. Currently, the substance is not used commercially in the United States.
Hexachlorophene – a disinfectant.
Lead This heavy metal occurs naturally in the Earth's crust. It was formerly used as a gasoline additive and was also commonly added to paint. Lead pipes may also contaminate drinking water. Currently, coal-fired power plants and other industrial uses release lead particles into the air.
Lindane – a chemical used to treat scabies and lice.
Maneb a fungicide
Methanol – also known as wood alcohol, an alternative fuel, and other uses
Methylparathion – a pesticide
Monosodium Glutamate – a flavor enhancer, used as a food additive
Nicotine – the addictive drug in tobacco
Methoxyethanol, 2 an organic compound used mainly as a solvent
Methylmercury - a form of mercury found in contaminated fresh water and salt water fish. It gets into the air when coal, oil or wood are burned as fuel, or when mercury-contaminated wastes are incinerated.
Ozone – a gas that occurs both in the Earth's upper atmosphere and at ground level
Paraquat – an herbicide.
Parathion (ethyl) – an insecticide
PBDEs Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, called PBDEs, are used as flame retardants, among other purposes. Some types of PBDEs have been banned, or phased out, but industry has developed others to replace them.
PCBs (generic) Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of chemicals that were used as insulation in electrical transformers, and for other industrial purposes. They are no longer manufactured, but have persisted in the environment.
Permethrin – an insecticide
Phthalate, di-(2-ethylhexyl) This phthalate, commonly referred to as DEHP, is found in many plastic products.
Tebuconazole – a fungicide
Toluene – a common solvent, found in many consumer goods, including floor polish, moisturizing cream, lubricating oils, paint thinners.
Tributyltin chloride – Manmade organic substances containing the metal tin. They are used as pesticides and biocides in marine antifouling paints and in wood preservatives.
Trichlorfon an insecticide
Trichloroethylene – used as a solvent to clean metal parts and for other industrial processes, often found as a water contaminant.

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Janey

How about all the new mercury we will be exposed to when all the broken CFU bulbs get into our ground water and soil?

December 23 2010 at 10:26 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
markrdallman

Mad as a Hatter, we were not designed for an industrial society. I still remember back in the 1960's the average person had over 25 ppb of DDT so as a food source we would be rejected. Now millions of children are having ADD and what do we do, pump them full of more and more chemicals that we have no clue about what they do to the brain. Asama did not exist tell the industrial revolution. In just 200 years we destroyed the environment, and ourselves, the only path to long term survival is separating the human from the industrial machine. Glass instead of plastic to start. Why can't we make a safe flexible glass container? Then we could glass line even pop cans. I suppose we can always build a million Wallies and pray.

December 23 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Harry Hurt

Reathsg is absolutely right. There are people out there with an anti-industry agenda. They have been fooled by such organizations as the Sierra Club, PETA, and the communists, who resent companies making money. Even the unions have an anti-profit attitude. If anybody should be standing with industries that make money enough to hire workers, it should be the unions.

December 23 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marcriscot

Isn't it said that "knowledge is power"? Give me the knowledge, and as a consumer/human on this planet I can decide for myself what to do about it, or with it! But everyone should know what is being put into our environment and bodies. Again we make our own decision to use it or not.

December 23 2010 at 8:55 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
reathsg

Wow! what a roll Lisa Jacksons EPA is on this week!! Wasnt it chrome in the reservoirs just yesterday?? The scare tactics just keep rolling out at the friendly EPA . Please remember that there is a cost-benefit tipping point in over-regulating our job producers in this country. These frightful reports are put out by activists with a specific ant-industry agenda. We need heavy manufacturering n USA to pull us out of tis recession!! Industry has already been tormented enough by this agency, meanwhile Americans are living longer tann ever and American manufcturers are being driven offshore of forced to rduce hiring because our "benevolent" EPA is trying to outlaw or hyper-regulate down to .02 part per BILLION every compound that might sound scary to the average uneducated citizen.

December 23 2010 at 8:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Bob Alexander

It is a long time in coming to the conclusion that we need to hold the chemical industry responsible for the testing and safe production of chemicals that affect us all. The lobby for the chemical companies cannot be as important to true representatives of the people as the health of the people.

December 23 2010 at 8:50 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Bobby

The EPA, YMCA, PGA, or whoever they are this week have been in bed with the drug and chemical companies for years, They understood all the dangers, but "silence is golden". Wonder who twisted their coat tail to spill this list?

December 23 2010 at 8:46 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Unless you live in a bubble,
one cannot avoid most agents on the list.
People still live to their 90's and have been
smokers, drinking soda, etc. all their lives,.
If you have good genes, that's what really counts.

December 23 2010 at 8:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mandrw

Next the EPA is gonna say that air is bad for you too. again another government agencie looking to out do another. people live longer now with all these Chemicals in our food and wate,,WHY!! if there so bad. in the early 1900 people were lucky to live past 60, now its more like 80. Maybe its because the more we advance the more we worrie. Life is short and a one time ride, enjoy it!!!!!

December 23 2010 at 8:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
timnona

I appreciate the content of this article. However, I've noticed that when one clicks the "print" button, the printer tries to offer 16 pages, which is everything on these pages, ads, etc. Even trimming this back to 4 pages was slightly wasteful, as the first pertinent wording was on page 2, and only two lines. Why can't you ever fix tis function, and give a concise presentation of the article?

December 23 2010 at 8:29 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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