Toxic

Science & Technology
5:14 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Study Finds Toxic Flame Retardant In Many Sofas

Your favorite couch or sofa could be dangerous for your health. More than half of all couches tested in a Duke University-led study were found to contain potentially toxic flame retardants. One of the main offenders: a chemical called "Chorlinated Tris". It's a probable carcinogen that was used in children's pajamas back in the 70's. It was phased out due to its health risks. Lead researcher Heather Stapleton is associate professor of environmental chemistry at Duke's Nicholas School:

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Environment
6:20 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Toxic Mercury Levels Decline

Emissions of toxic mercury from North Carolina coal-fired power plants have dropped significantly in the last decade.

Jeff Tiberii: In 2002 the General Assembly enacted the Clean Smokestack Act, aimed at cutting emissions. The North Carolina Division of Air Quality says the result is a 70-percent drop in toxic mercury entering the atmosphere. Tom Mather is with the division.

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Health
4:00 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

UNC Forum Focuses on Agent Orange

A panel of local and national experts were scheduled to address the legacy of Agent Orange at a public forum February 16th in Chapel Hill. The toxic herbicide was used by the U.S. government to remove tree cover in the jungles of Vietnam, so the enemy wouldn't be able to hide as easily. Nancy Leterri is executive director of Children of Vietnam. She says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows compensation for anyone who had 'boots on the ground' in Vietnam and who suffers from disabilities including certain cancers, Parkinson's Disease...

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