High amounts of lead, phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA ) were found in the water of a new hose after sitting outside in the sun for just a few days, according to a report co-released today by the Minnesota based Healthy Legacy Coalition and Healthy Stuff. Results are available online today at www.HealthyStuff.org.
Nearly 200 hoses, gloves, kneeling pads and tools were tested for lead, cadmium, bromine (associated with brominated flame retardants); chlorine (indicating the presence of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC); phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA). Such chemicals have been linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, premature births and early puberty in laboratory animals, among other serious health problems.
"During the summer, many children drink from garden hoses, run through sprinklers and wade in kiddie pools that contain water contaminated with toxic chemicals," stated Deanna White, Clean Water Action state director and Healthy Legacy Coalition co-director. "Children’s health is being put at risk yet again because current laws do not ensure products are safe."
Harmful Chemicals End Up in Water
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"Even if you are an organic gardener, doing everything you can to avoid pesticides and fertilizers, you still may be introducing hazardous substances into your soil by using these products," said Jeff Gearhart, Research Director at the Ecology Center.
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Clean Water Action (www.cleanwateraction.org) is co-founder of the Minnesota based environmental public health coalition Healthy Legacy. Healthy Legacy is a diverse coalition of 35 member organizations, representing over one million Minnesotans, working to protect public and environmental health from toxic chemicals.
Ecology Center is an environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, MI.
ATTENTION JOURNALISTS: B-Roll, graphs of results, an embeddable widget and mobile app are available at www.HealthyStuff.org.