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7/15/05

Polluted Babies

A study released today tested blood from the umbilical cords of newborns and found dozens of chemicals in those babies.

The Environmental Working Group's new "Body Burden" report finds on average 200 chemicals in the blood of 10 newborns some of them toxic. Pesticides, engine oil, Mercury from fish and some chemicals from fire retardants.

"What we know is that exposure to industrial chemicals in the womb can cause dramatically more harm than exposures in later life," says Jan Houlihan, with Environmental Working Group.

So now, the government says the environmental protection agency needs more power to regulate chemicals, and look for possible health risks, before these chemicals are used commercially.

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