From the Pollution in People website:
The Pollution in People study is a project of the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, a diverse state-wide coalition of more than 50 organizations.
Lead author of the Pollution in People report was Erika Schreder, Staff Scientist, Washington Toxics Coalition.
The study report and web site was approved by representatives of the steering committee organizations of the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition:
Breast Cancer Fund, Healthy Building Network, People For Puget Sound, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Washington State Nurses Association, Washington Toxics Coalition, and WashPIRG.
In 2005, ten Washington residents agreed to testing of their hair, blood, and urine for the presence of toxic chemicals as part of an investigative study by the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition. The Coalition wanted to know which chemicals were getting into our bodies, and at what levels, to better understand the potential harm posed by poor regulation of chemicals, and to develop better solutions.
We tested ten Washington residents for six groups of chemicals:
* the plasticizing chemicals known as phthalates,
* the flame retardants PBDEs,
* the heavy metals: lead, arsenic, and mercury,
* perfluorinated chemicals like those used to make Teflon,
* pesticides, and
* banned, but persistent, PCBs and DDT.
Our study revealed that toxic chemicals have traveled to the worst possible destination:
New chemicals policies are needed today, to keep chemicals that can harm our health out of industries and out of everyday products.