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Definitions at e.hormone 

e.hormone is hosted and run by the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research.  Their Featured Learning section provides definitions for many common terms in endocrine disruption research.

Our Stolen Future 

The book Our Stolen Future, by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and John Peterson Myers, brought world-wide  attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption.  This website tracks the most recent developments, including the cutting edge of endocrine disruption science, ongoing policy debates and suggestions for consumers.

Environmental Health News

Environmental Health News provides access to hundreds of articles on environmental health topics published daily in the world press. Sign up for 'Above the Fold' to get daily news emailed right to your computer. Pete Myers (CEO and Chief Scientist) shares information on endocrine disruptors in this 2016 talk.

Environmental Working Group

Environmental Working Group specializes in providing useful resources for consumers to protect them from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)

CHE facilitates networking and dialogue among diverse individuals and groups in order to share knowledge and assist in partnerships that can effectively address environmental health issues.

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Consumer Products

Care2

Care2 is a highly-engaged social network of nearly 30 million citizen activists standing together for good and making extraordinary impact- locally, nationally and internationally- by starting petitions and supporting each other’s campaigns. Click here for an article on the Top 10 Toxic Products You Don't Need.

Center for Food Safety

The Center for Food Safety is a non-profit organization focusing on harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives. The Center runs several campaigns, including a hormone campaign focusing on cattle.

Conscious Consumer

Conscious Consumer provides resources for individuals interested in purchasing power. Conscious Consumer is a Center for a New American Dream program.

Consumer Reports Greener Choices

Consumer Reports Greener Choices provides product information and aids in product selection.

Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals

Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals is an initiative under the Danish Consumer Council that aims to help consumers avoid problematic chemicals when shopping. They test consumer products in order to provide you with information on how to live a toxic free life.

Energy Star

Energy Star is a government/industry partnership that has grown out of a voluntary labeling program started by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The program saves money and reduces pollution by facilitating the conservation of energy. The web site provides guidance for both individuals and businesses.

Environmental Choice

Environmental Choice is a North American environmental certification program, EcoLogo, founded by the Canadian government. The web site provides information about the program, participating companies and products.

Environmental Working Group

Environmental Working Group specializes in providing useful resources for consumers to protect them from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants.

GoodGuide

GoodGuide provides a source of information on health, environmental, and social impacts of consumer products. Their rating system helps consumers quickly evaluate and compare products.

Guide to Less Toxic Products

A product of the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia. The Guide provides general consumer advice on the issue and also covers a variety of specific products, from personal care products to pest control. The site also offers home-made alternatives to household cleaners.

Healthy Child Healthy World

Healthy Child Healthy World facilitates awareness of preventable health and development problems caused by exposures to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities and promotes the protection of children from these toxics.

Household Products Database from the National Library of Medicine

This database links over 7,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.

Informed Green Solutions

IGS provides education and technical assistance on how to transition to a more sustainable footprint through your purchasing decisions.

Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Program

This program provides resources for janitorial staff to reduce chemical exposure and reduce the use of harmful products. The program is run by the Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network.

Local - Motion (MI)

Local-Motion works to raise awareness about the connections between environmental toxins and negative health consequences.

Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory

Contains information on over 200 nanotechnology-based products, ranging from electronics to cosmetics. The Consumer Products Inventory is a product of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth

This Smart Plastics Guide summarizes seven different types of commonly used plastics, product examples, recyclability, and potential health risks.

Planet Natural

Planet Natural is a retailer that offers natural products for the home, lawn and garden. Some of the products available through this site include organic lawn care products, heirloom seeds, natural pest control products, pet care supplies and natural cleaning supplies.

Smart Plastics Guide

The Smart Plastics Guide, from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, includes easy-to-read information on all seven labels for plastic products, health and environmental risks of chemicals used in plastics, the latest on green chemistry and tips for safer use of plastics in storing food.

Women's Voices for the Earth

Women’s Voices for the Earth is a national organization that works to eliminate toxic chemicals that harm women’s health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices and government policies. Read their report examining unregulated toxic chemicals in feminine care products.

Workgroup for Safe Markets

On this website, you'll learn what business leaders are doing to move the market to safer chemicals, how to find safer products, and tips for reducing toxic exposures to protect your health and future generations. 

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Government Resources

ChemView

To improve chemical safety and provide more streamlined access to information on chemicals, EPA has built a one-stop database of chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It contains information EPA receives and develops about chemicals including those on EPA's Safer Chemical Ingredient List.

Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EPA)

This site provides information about EPA's approach toward and progress on screening chemicals for endocrine effects.

Energy Star

Energy Star is a government/industry partnership that has grown out of a voluntary labeling program started by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The program saves money and reduces pollution by facilitating the conservation of energy. The web site provides guidance for both individuals and businesses.

Environmental Choice

Environmental Choice is a North American environmental certification program, EcoLogo, founded by the Canadian government. The web site provides information about the program, participating companies and products.

Office of the Federal Environmental Executive

Office of the Federal Environmental Executive promotes implementation of green purchasing and other sustainable practices within the federal government.

PubMed

Provides access to scientific articles in the published literature.

TOXNET

Searchable database that provides citations on the scientific studies done on chemicals.

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)

Provides information on the chemicals and products released into the environment.

U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The ATSDR is a federal public health agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR provides health information about chemicals through databases such as Toxicological Profiles. ToxFAQs provides information and fact sheets about hazardous substances.

U.S. National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health

Provides several useful databases on chemicals of concern and their health and environmental effects.

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Health

ChemSec

ChemSec, The International Chemical Secretariat, is a non-profit organization working to stimulate public debate and action on the necessary steps towards a toxic-free world. The SIN List consists of 378 chemicals that ChemSec has identified as substances of very high concern based on the criteria established by the EU chemical regulation, REACH. This site provides the list as well as a link to the searchable database.

CHEMTrust

CHEM Trust is a UK registered charity that works at European, UK and International levels to prevent man-made chemicals from causing long term damage to wildlife or humans, by ensuring that chemicals which cause such harm are substituted with safer alternatives. They provide a 'Frequently Asked Questions' document on EDCs and their regulation in the EU as well as a report on medicines in the environment.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)

CHE facilitates networking and dialogue among diverse individuals and groups in order to share knowledge and assist in partnerships that can effectively address environmental health issues.

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

Scientific and policy developments regarding the health effects of electromagnetic radiation exposure from cell phones, Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and other wireless devices.

Environmental Health Network (EHN)

Compiles information on health care issues and provides environmental health alerts.

Environmental Health News (EHN)

EHN is compiled from leading national and international news sources. EHN is published 7 days/week. Stories are selected based on relevance to environmental health issues, regardless of viewpoint. EHN is a product of Environmental Health Sciences, a non-profit organization founded to facilitate public understanding of emerging scientific links between environmental exposures and human health. Pete Myers (CEO and Chief Scientist) shares information on endocrine disruptors in this 2016 talk.

Environment Health Policy Institute

Part of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a monthly topic is chosen and questions are asked of physicians, health professionals and environmental health experts.

Flouride Action Network

The FAN Study Tracker provides an up-to-date and comprehensive source for studies on fluoride's systemic, multifaceted effects on human health, with 80+ years of research organized by health category, type of study, and date.

Health Care Without Harm

Health Care without Harm is a global coalition that works to protect health by reducing pollution in the health care industry. Click here to download a leaflet they created for health care professionals on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

HEAL can provide information on the health impacts of air and water quality, pesticides and biocides, hazardous chemicals, climate change, electro-magnetic fields, environmental injustice and social inequalities, mercury, noise pollution and nanotechnology. Their Chemicals Health Monitor project encourages public health and health professional groups to use and share educational resources to inform patients and the public.

Healthy Child Healthy World

Healthy Child Healthy World facilitates awareness of preventable health and development problems caused by exposures to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities and promotes the protection of children from these toxics.

International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

IPEN provides links to information on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) as well as educational guides on POPs, pesticides and international policies.

Local - Motion (MI)

Local-Motion works to raise awareness about the connections between environmental toxins and negative health consequences.

Natural Resources Defense Council: Environment & Health

Toxic contaminants and their health effects is one topic, among others, on which the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) focuses. They offer information about children's health, the health effects of pollution, common chemicals in our lives, pesticides and scientific integrity.

Our Stolen Future

Our Stolen Future continues the work initiated by the book, which was published in 1996. The site provides up-to-date information on the science behind endocrine disruption.

Project Nesting

On these web pages you will find comprehensive information and tips that can support you during your own nesting process – creating the room and living space for your baby and helping both of you on your first shared steps in your daily lives.

TOXNET

Searchable database that provides citations on the scientific studies done on chemicals.

UCSF - Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment

PRHE has developed a series of brochures that describe the common types and routes of exposure to toxic substances and provide evidence-based recommendations on ways to reduce those exposures.

U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The ATSDR is a federal public health agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR provides health information about chemicals through databases such as Toxicological Profiles. ToxFAQs provides information and fact sheets about hazardous substances.

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Healthy Building

Building for Health

Building for Health is a national and international vendor for healthy and environmentally friendly construction material alternatives.

Healthy Building Network

This organization provides a newsletter for green building professionals that provides information on building materials and political trends.

Minnesota Building Materials Database

Compiles information on sustainable materials, products, systems, and services for the commercial and residential building construction industry.

U.S. Green Building Council

A coalition of leaders from the building industry who work to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy. The Council developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, a green building framework and certification system.

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Human Exposure

Biomonitoring Resource Center

Biomonitoring Resource Center is a program of Commonweal. The Center's website offers information on biomonitoring, as well as a study of chemicals found in a cross-section of California residents.

Body Burden: The Pollution in People

This site houses the Environmental Working Group's biomonitoring studies covering adult, newborn, and multi-generational exposure. The site also offers discussion about the significance of the results and a self-quiz.

Breast Cancer Fund

The Breast Cancer Fund links to resources on cancer prevention as well as efforts to measure the body burdens of chemicals in the state of California.

Centers for Disease Control National Biomonitoring Project

The CDC's Biomonitoring Project specializes in biomonitoring, which is the direct measurement of people's exposure to toxic substances in the environment by measuring the substances or their metabolites in human specimens, such as blood or urine.

National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

This resource provides the results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ongoing biomonitoring efforts.

Pollution in People

A product of the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, Pollution in People provides the background and results of a biomonitoring study conducted on a group of citizens from Washington state.

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Non-profit Organizations

Alborada Foundation

¡Que no te alteren las hormonas!(Don’t let EDCs disrupt your hormones!) aims to inform the public about EDCs, where they are found, how we can act and how we can reduce our daily exposure. The website includes the latest news and FAQs on EDCs, available in Spanish.

Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)

ACAT promotes environmental health and justice.

Care2

Care2 is a highly-engaged social network of nearly 30 million citizen activists standing together for good and making extraordinary impact- locally, nationally and internationally- by starting petitions and supporting each other’s campaigns.

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

CIEL works to strengthen and use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society.

ChemSec

ChemSec, The International Chemical Secretariat, is a non-profit organization working to stimulate public debate and action on the necessary steps towards a toxic-free world.  The SIN List consists of 378 chemicals that ChemSec has identified as substances of very high concern based on the criteria established by the EU chemical regulation, REACH. This site provides the list as well as a link to the searchable database.

CHEMTrust

CHEM Trust is a UK registered charity that works at European, UK and International levels to prevent man-made chemicals from causing long term damage to wildlife or humans, by ensuring that chemicals which cause such harm are substituted with safer alternatives. They provide a 'Frequently Asked Questions' document on EDCs and their regulation in the EU as well as a report on medicines in the environment.

EARTHWORKS - Oil & Gas Accountability Project (OGAP)

OGAP is a resource for citizens and communities that are dealing with oil and gas development. OGAP's multi-tiered approach involves people who are directly affected by the impacts of oil and gas development in working for strong reforms and better industry practices. We utilize media, public education and community organizing in our efforts to change the way oil and gas development occurs in North America.

Ecologistas en Acción blog: ‘Free of hormonal pollutants’

The blog aims to inform on the health and environmental risks related to  exposure to EDC, provide recommendations to reduce the exposure and report on the advances in the regulation of these toxic chemicals. The blog also offers a space to share studies, materials and news for other NGOs, researchers or any professional that shares the commitment to reduce our exposure to EDCs.

EDC Free Europe

A coalition of public interest groups representing more than 31 organisations across Europe have come together through a concern about endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and efforts to raise public awareness and urge quicker governmental action.

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

EWG is a nonprofit environmental research organization based in Washington, DC and a leading content provider for public interest groups and concerned citizens about threats to health and the environment and to find solutions.

Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (GVCA) Colorado

Grand Valley Citizens Alliance is 501(c)3 local community group in Garfield County, Colorado.

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

HEAL can provide information on the health impacts of air and water quality, pesticides and biocides, hazardous chemicals, climate change, electro-magnetic fields, environmental injustice and social inequalities, mercury, noise pollution and nanotechnology. Their Chemicals Health Monitor project encourages public health and health professional groups to use and share educational resources to inform patients and the public.

Healthy Child Healthy World

Healthy Child Healthy World facilitates awareness of preventable health and development problems caused by exposures to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities and promotes the protection of children from these toxics.

High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) Colorado

HCCA's mission is to protect, restore, and enhance the natural ecosystems and quality of life in the Upper Gunnison River Basin of Colorado

International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

IPEN provides links to information on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) as well as educational guides on POPs, pesticides and international policies.

Local - Motion (MI)

Local-Motion works to raise awareness about the connections between environmental toxins and negative health consequences.

Natural Resources Defense Council: Environment & Health

Toxic contaminants and their health effects is one topic, among others, on which the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) focuses. They offer information about children's health, the health effects of pollution, common chemicals in our lives, pesticides and scientific integrity.

Oregon Toxics Alliance

The Oregon Toxics Alliance focuses on protecting communities and natural resources from contamination through policy reform and safer practices.

Physicians for Social Responsibility

PSR provides news, analyses and actions on global warming, air pollution, coal, toxic, nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.

Scorecard

Scorecard not only provides information about national pollution, but features county-level reports based on zip code. The site gives detailed information on air and water pollutants, including what and how much of a chemical is released in each area, lists top polluters and superfund sites, and addresses environmental justice issues. In addition, a database of chemical profiles, health effects , and regulations are available.

Toxics Action Center (New England)

The Toxics Action Center helps communities fight toxic pollution by working on a variety of issues including cleaning up hazardous waste sites, stopping the spraying of pesticides, pressuring companies to reduce their toxic chemical use, and other issues.

ToxicNation

ToxicNation offers information on toxic chemical sources and what these chemicals do to the body.

Uncompahgre Valley Association (UVA) Colorado

Uncompahgre Valley Association is 501(c)3local community group in Montrose County, Colorado.

Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC)

WTC works to protect public health and the environment by eliminating toxic pollution through the promotion of alternatives, education and other avenues.

Western Colorado Congress (WCC)

Grassroots, democratic group organizing people to increase their power on issues of environmental stewardship, sustainable communities and economic justice in Colorado.

Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) Colorado

WeCAN is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to help provide basic human services in a respectful manner to individuals and families in our service area, and to work with them to enhance family stability and self-sufficiency in western Colorado.

Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC) Colorado

WSCC works to protect natural resources and promotes healthy communities on the western slope of Colorado.

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Personal Care

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition working to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems, and replace them with safer alternatives.

DrugWatch

DrugWatch.com provides up-to-date information on the side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications. This link is for current information on Accutane.

Fragranced Products Information Network

Fragranced Products Information Network includes information on the health, environmental and regulatory aspects related to fragrances.

Not Too Pretty

Not Too Pretty focuses on the use of phthalates in cosmetics, including information for several countries.

Not Just a Pretty Face

Not Just a Pretty Face chronicles the quest that led a group of breast cancer activists and environmentalists to the offices of the world's largest cosmetics companies to ask some tough questions. As doors slammed in their faces, the beauty myth peeled awayand the industry's toxic secrets began to emerge. The good news is that although the major multinationals continue to fight for their right to use hazardous chemicals, scientists are developing safer nontoxic technologies and entrepreneurs are building businesses on the values of health, justice and personal empowerment.

Skin Deep

Environmental Working Group (EWG) developed Skin Deep as a consumer database that provides a brand-by-brand personal care product safety guide on thousands of products. The database provides safety ratings, product comparisons and can generate custom shopping lists. Their Exposure Adds Up Survey analysis and results were used by environmental health advocacy organizations concerned with product safety.

Take Care

Take Care is a website and book series that covers multiple aspects of wellness: food, sleep, movement, body care products, home environment, balance and spirit. Each of these seven topics has a corresponding book and e-book.

Teen Girls Body Burden of Hormone-Altering Cosmetic Chemicals

Exposure data from Environmental Working Group (EWG) for 20 teens from 14-19 years of age show that adolescent girls are exposed to higher numbers of potentially toxic ingredients per day as compared to the average woman due to their use of personal care products. Links to the full study are available on the site.

Think Before You Pink

Think Before You Pink calls for awareness about cosmetic companies that support the fight against breast cancer but continue to use toxic chemicals in their products. Think Before You Pink is a project of Breast Cancer Action.

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Prenatal Care

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The ACOG Committee on Gynecologic Practice has provided a document on the importance of preconception care in the continuum of women's health care.

Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee

EPA's CHPAC provides information for prenatal health care providers and tips for patients on preventing and reducing exposure to air pollution.

Healthy Child Healthy World

HCHW provides 5 easy steps to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.

Pesticide Action Week

The Pesticide Action Week is an annual and international event, open to everyone, with the aim to promote alternatives to pesticides. The campaign takes place during the  first ten days of every spring when usually the spreading of pesticides resumes. They have put together a new resource pack offering practical advice to pregnant women and parents to be on how to reduce exposure to chemicals and pesticides in daily lives.

UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment

UCSF PRHE women's health site provides brochures and reports concerning reproductive health and the environment.

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Science

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

Scientific and policy developments regarding the health effects of electromagnetic radiation exposure from cell phones, Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and other wireless devices.

Endocrine Disruptors in the Environment

A book authored by Sushil Khetan, a Research Chemist at the Institute for Green Science, Carnegie Mellon University, that is divided in three parts and 14 chapters. An introductory chapter provides an overview of endocrine system, and endocrine disruptors, discussing their salient features and presenting a historical perspective of endocrine disruption phenomena. The first part includes seven chapters that cover hormone-signaling mechanisms, followed by various broad classes of putative endocrine disruptors and an introduction to environmental epigenetic modifications. The second part in two chapters focuses on removal processes of various EDCs by biotic and abiotic transformation/ degradation. The third and final part consists of four chapters, embracing themes on finding solutions to environmental EDCs including their detection, regulation, replacement and remediation.

Environmental Health News (EHN)

EHN is compiled from leading national and international news sources. EHN is published 7 days/week. Stories are selected based on relevance to environmental health issues, regardless of viewpoint. EHN is a product of Environmental Health Sciences, a non-profit organization founded to facilitate public understanding of emerging scientific links between environmental exposures and human health. Pete Myers (CEO and Chief Scientist) shares information on endocrine disruptors in this 2016 talk.

Environment Health Policy Institute

Part of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a monthly topic is chosen and questions are asked of physicians, health professionals and environmental health experts.

Flouride Action Network

The FAN Study Tracker provides an up-to-date and comprehensive source for studies on fluoride's systemic, multifaceted effects on human health, with 80+ years of research organized by health category, type of study, and date.

Natural Resources Defense Council: Environment & Health

Toxic contaminants and their health effects is one topic, among others, on which the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) focuses. They offer information about children's health, the health effects of pollution, common chemicals in our lives, pesticides and scientific integrity.

OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Tool Selector

The Tool Selector is designed to provide information on tools that can be used in conducting chemical substitutions or alternatives assessments. All tools included in the Tool Selector address chemical hazard assessment, and may address other comparative attributes.

Our Stolen Future

Our Stolen Future continues the work initiated by the book, which was published in 1996. The site provides up-to-date information on the science behind endocrine disruption.

PubMed

Provides access to scientific articles in the published literature.

The Toxin and Toxin Target Database (T3DB)

The focus of the T3DB is on providing mechanisms of toxicity and target proteins for each toxin. This dual nature of the T3DB, in which toxin and toxin target records are interactively linked in both directions, makes it unique from existing databases. It is also fully searchable and supports extensive text, sequence, chemical structure, and relational query searches. It is both modelled after and closely linked to the Human Metabolome Database (HMDB) and DrugBank. Potential applications of T3DB include toxin metabolism prediction, toxin/drug interaction prediction, and general toxin hazard awareness by the public, making it applicable to various fields. Overall, the variety and accessibility of the T3DB make it a valuable resource for both the casual user and the advanced researcher.

U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The ATSDR is a federal public health agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR provides health information about chemicals through databases such as Toxicological Profiles. ToxFAQs provides information and fact sheets about hazardous substances.

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