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Toxic waste

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Toxic waste is waste material, often in chemical form, that can cause death or injury to living creatures. It usually is the product of industry or commerce, but comes also from residential use, agriculture, the military, medical facilities, radioactive sources, and light industry, such as dry cleaning establishments. As with many pollution problems, toxic waste began to be a significant issue during the industrial revolution. The term is often used interchangeably with hazardous waste, or discarded material that can pose a long term risk to health or environment. Toxins can be released into air, water, or land.
Toxic waste can pollute the natural environment and contaminate groundwater. Love Canal is a famous incident in which homes and schools were built near an area where toxic waste had been dumped, causing epidemic health problems. A number of toxic substances that humans encounter regularly may pose serious health risks. Pesticide residues on vegetable crops, mercury in fish, and many industrially produced chemicals may cause cancer, birth defects, genetic mutations, or death. Many chemicals have been found to mimic estrogen, the hormone that controls the development of the female reproductive system in a large number of animal species. Preliminary results indicate that these chemicals, in trace amounts, may disrupt development and lead to a host of serious problems in both males and females. These range from infertility, increased mortality of offspring and disruptions of bodily functions (such as slowing heart rates, or breathing rates) to cold/flu like symptoms (such as vomiting, diarrhea and swelling) and behavioral changes (such as depression, tiredness and behavior confusion.)

See also:
Hazardous Waste
Homeostasis
List of waste management companies
List of waste management topics
List of solid waste treatment technologies
List of Superfund sites in the United States
List of topics dealing with environmental issues
Pollution
Poison
Radioactive waste
Remediation
Recycling
Superfund
Waste management
Waste types
Article source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxic_waste .

Article Keywords: Hazardous Waste, Toxic waste, waste, waste management, Superfund sites, Superfund .


hazardous waste resources
Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes
International treaty addressing cleaner production, hazardous waste minimization and controls on the movement of these wastes.
http://www.basel.int/

Defra, UK - Environmental Protection - Recycling and waste
The Government working together with industry aims to reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated in the UK and the hazardousness of such waste.
http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/topics/hazwaste/index.htm

DEQ.utah.gov - The Official website of the Utah Department of ...
Environmental Issues for the state of Utah...
http://www.deq.utah.gov/

Earth 911
Guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, ... Got household hazardous material under the kitchen sink or in the garage?
http://www.earth911.org/

Garbage -- Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste presents immediate or long-term risks to humans, animals, plants, or the environment. It requires special handling for ...
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/garbage/hazardous.html

Hazardous Waste
The website for all those impacted by the forthcoming EU Directives on landfill and hazardous waste...
http://www.hazardouswaste.org.uk/

Hazardous waste - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
... article describes hazardous waste as a substance; for the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes ...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazardous_waste

Hazardous Waste | Wastes | US EPA
This EPA Web page provides comprehensive information about hazardous waste including definitions, requirements, and additional resources.
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/hazwaste.htm

Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program Home Page
The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program works towards sustainability and a safer and healthier Washington. We do this by working with ...
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/index.html

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