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He said the study confirms a failure by both the state and federal governments, and the chemical manufacturing industry, to adequately study the use of these industrial chemicals.
"The big question is do we want to make the mistakes that we've already made. What can we learn from those mistakes to make safer chemicals?" Tickner said. "We are ready in this state to make the alternatives. It just needs a government and industrial commitment to do it."
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The chemical analysis found polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which were used as lubricants and industrial insulators until they were banned by congressional legislation in 1976. Environmental Protection Agency to be a "probable human carcinogen."
"These are not naturally occurring chemicals," said Dr. Sean Palfrey, past president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "These substances are obviously in the parents' blood and bodies for some reason. The body doesn't know how to deal with these substances and can't secrete them."
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Palfrey said that while previous studies have found chemical exposure in newborns, none had searched for the number of chemicals included in the Environmental Working Group study.
eating organic foods but added that parents can do little about industrial chemical pollutants.
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The Environmental Working Group said it obtained the umbilical cord blood samples from the American Red Cross, and that the analysis was done by two Canadian research labs.
The Environmental Working Group study found traces of a total of 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of the 10 newborns, including some chemicals that have been banned for decades in the United States. Each newborn had an average of 200 of the chemicals present, according to the study.
Scientists until recently believed that fetuses were protected in the womb from toxic chemicals by the placenta, the organ that receives nutrients from the mother's blood and filters out waste.
said the money would pay for research into safer alternatives to toxic substances.
Scientists call for more research on the effects of toxic chemicals
The study also found mercury, which comes from emissions from coal fired power plants, and can harm brain function. Some of the blood samples also contained DDT, a pesticide banned by the federal government in 1972 after it was found to cause unacceptable risks to human health.
Group used a small sample size to study, the number was still "scientifically relevant."
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Unborn babies are potentially being exposed to dozens of harmful pollutants such as fire retardants, methylmercury and pesticides, which may cause abnormal development or increased cancer risks, environmental advocates warned.
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