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Thirty 'New' Toxic Chemicals to Avoid

Written By Gopal Krishna on Monday, June 29, 2009 | 9:28 AM

California has identified 30 chemicals that may cause cancer, reproductive problems and other serious health concerns.
California, the state with the nation's most strict chemical reporting laws, is poised to identify another 30 chemicals that could cause cancer or reproductive and developmental health problems, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, which led a coalition of labor and environmental groups seeking greater protection from suspect chemicals.

The newly listed chemicals are being made public as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the legislature, facing a budget crisis, plan to dissolve the office that tests chemicals.

They include several chemicals that people are likely to come into contact with -- including household weed killers and insecticides, and gasoline additives; as well as many industrial chemicals used to manufacture plastics, adhesives, other chemicals and a variety of other products.

Below is a list of the newly listed chemicals, how each is used, and the health issue California researchers associated with it. The grim accounting: 12 compounds that may harm the male reproductive system; 11 that may cause cancer; eight that may interfere with the normal development of fetuses, babies and children; and two that may harm the female reproductive system. (Note: Chemicals are listed twice if they have effects on more than one body system.)

Male Reproductive Toxicantsn-Butyl glycidyl ether, a chemical used to make epoxy resins with a number of uses in common products
Carbaryl, a household pesticide used to kill a range of insects, and sold as Sevin by GardenTech and Bayer (also a developmental toxicant)
2-Chloropropionic acid, a chemical used to make herbicides
Dichloroacetic acid, which forms in drinking water as a byproduct of disinfection using chlorine
Diglycidyl ether, a chemical used to make epoxy resins
Ethylene oxide, a chemical mainly used in the manufacturing of chemicals like antifreeze and polyester (also a developmental toxicant)
Ethyl-tert-butyl ether, a common gasoline additive
Methyl chloride, a chemical used primarily to make silicone polymers, but also used in other processes, including the oil refining
Methyl n-butyl ketone, an industrial solvent
Phenyl glycidyl ether, an industrial chemical
1,3,5-Triglycidyl-s-triazinetrione, a constituent of some paints
4-Vinyl-cyclohexene, a chemical used in the production of epoxy resins (also a female reproductive toxicant)

Carcinogens
Amsacrine, a chemotherapy drug
Bleomycins, antibiotics used in chemotherapy treatments
Chlorophenoxy herbicides, including 2,4-D, are common weedkillers sold for lawn and garden use
Marine diesel fuel
Progestins, synthetic hormones found in some birth controls
Styrene, an ingredient in many plastic and foam products
Toxins derived from Fusarium moniliforme (Fusarium verticillioides), a fungus
Vinyl acetate, a compound used to make polymers used in plastics, films, lacquers, adhesives, inks, water-based emulsion paints, floor tiling, safety glasses, cosmetics and personal care products and other goods
Wood dust
Zalcitabine, an HIV drug sold as Hivid
Zidovudine (AZT), an HIV drug

Developmental Toxicants
Tert-Amyl methyl ether, a common fuel additive
Carbaryl, a household pesticide used to kill a range of insects, and sold as Sevin by GardenTech and Bayer (also a male reproductive toxicant)
Chloroform, which is used in the manufacturing of other chemicals, and which can form in drinking water as a byproduct of disinfection using chlorine
N,N-dimethylacetamide, a solvent used in industries ranging from fibers and adhesives to pharmaceuticals and plasticizers
Ethylene oxide, a chemical mainly used in the manufacturing of chemicals like antifreeze and polyester (also a male reproductive toxicant)
2-Ethylhexanoic acid, a chemical associated with phthalates and PVC plastics
p,p’-Oxybis (benzenesulfonyl hydrazide), an industrial chemical
Phenylphosphine, an industrial chemical

Female Reproductive Toxicants
Toluene, a constituent of oil, is found in gasoline and is used to make paints, paint thinners, fingernail polish, lacquers, adhesives and rubber

4-Vinyl-cyclohexene, a chemical used in the production of epoxy resins (also a male reproductive toxicant)

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