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    Audubon examines the plight of the Swainson's hawk. The birds migrate from the United States and Canada to Argentina in the winters. Thousands of birds have perished in recent years due to exposure to acutely toxic chemicals that Argentine farmers use to kill grasshoppers, the hawk's prey. It is estimated that 5 percent of the hawk population perished in one season. (September - October, 1996)
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    When soil at an old cannery building began to smolder, investigators learned that decomposing cannery byproducts buried in the soil, like peach and apricot pits and asparagus ends, had produced flammable, toxic chemicals, including hydrogen cyanide and methane. The Ledger Dispatch examines the environmental and financial risks involved in the situation. (August 6, 1995)
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    This Playboy story documents Gulf War syndrome and how veterans of the war have since contracted illnesses and other ailments that have been attributed to the toxic chemicals they were exposed to. Many have become paralyzed while others have reported serious birth defects in their new-born children.(February 1996)
  • Havoc in the Hormones

    Audubon Magazine reports that "Pollutants like dioxin and pesticides have upset the reproductive systems of alligators and gulls. Now, researchers theorize, the contaminants may be threatening humans."
  • Spills Chill Regulators

    The Plain Dealer reports that of the 5,589 toxic chemical spills that occurred in Ohio in 1990, 121 threatened lives and property. The chemical accidents occurred when trucks hauling toxic chemicals wrecked on highways, above ground chemical tanks exploded, warehouses and plants caught fire, and workers made critical mistakes. The analysis also found that most companies involved did not report the accidents to the county emergency response team or the state Environmental Protection Agency. Residents living near plants did a better job reporting chemical emergencies than most companies at fault.
  • Chemical Reaction

    A KMSP-TV (Minneapolis, MN) investigation finds that some Minnesota state agencies deliberately dump toxic chemicals, that spills regularly occur in residential neighborhoods and drinking water has been poisoned with pesticides, Nov. 15, 1994.
  • Toxic Testing

    "In 1953, the U.S. Army secretly sprayed thousands of Americans -- including children at a school in the Twin Cities -- with toxic chemicals. (This report) reveals that the Army lied about the aerosol releases in Minneapolis, which were actually part of the Cold War biologial warfare program. Gilbert interviews former students and finds that many had serious medical problems, including high rates of cancer, multiple miscarriages, and children with birth defects."
  • Benzene Spill

    KARE-TV (Golden Valley, Minn.) reveals that dozens of people may be suffering permanent health problems because of 20,000 gallons of toxic chemicals spilled from a train into a Wisconsin river even though local officials say that there is no health problem, July 9, 1993.
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    In These Times (Chicago) looks at the Clinton and Gore Administration's lack of action on hazardous waste; the use of incinerators as a means of disposal continues, despite a campaign pledge to support a moratorium on incinerators; reports on a federal study that acknowledges a link between health problems and exposure to toxic chemicals, May 3, 1993. # IL Moberg EPA Waste Technologies Industries WTI Burke
  • POISONED CATCH

    CNN investigates the growing scientific concern about toxic chemicals that build up in fish and humans that eat fish. Fish, more than any other food source are repositories for chemical waste.