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Pennsylvania, May 12, 2000 (ENS)

A new national report links chemicals used by industry and at home to
developmental disabilities, including behavioral and learning disabilities.
These chemicals are toxic to the developing brain and can lead to
hyperactivity, attention deficit, lower IQ and motor skill impairment.

The Clean Water Fund and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released
the report, "In Harm's Way," on Thursday. Among the chemicals evaluated in
this groundbreaking study are metals including lead, mercury, cadmium, and
manganese; pesticides; dioxins and PCBs; solvents used in gasoline, paints,
glues and cleaning solutions; nicotine and alcohol. The report found that blood
lead levels in one million U.S. children now exceed the accepted level above which
lead affects behavior and cognition.

The report also found that over 80 percent of adults and 90
percent of U.S. children have residues of one or more harmful
("Registered") pesticides in their bodies. "It is critical that we
understand and, as a matter of public policy, address the impact of these
neurotoxic chemicals on developmental and learning disabilities," said Dr.
Ted Schettler, a practicing physician and one of the report's co-authors.

"The urgency of this issue is underscored by the fact that between 5 and 10
percent of school children in America have learning disabilities and at
least an equivalent amount have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity

Robert Wendelgass, Pennsylvania director of Clean Water Fund,
recommended "passing state legislation that would reduce the use of
pesticides in our schools, making sure that the school environment doesn't
put our children in harm's way." 


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Our Stolen Future , a Web site about a landmark book on the insidious dangers of chemicals, which we should all be familiar with.