Toxic waste

Toxic waste is waste material, often in chemical form, that can cause death or injury to living creatures. It usually is the product of industry or commerce, but comes also from residential use, agriculture, the military, medical facilities, radioactive sources, and light industry, such as dry cleaning establishments. As with many pollution problems, toxic waste began to be a significant issue during the industrial revolution. The term is often used interchangeably with “hazardous waste”, or discarded material that can pose a long-term risk to health or environment. Toxins can be released into air, water, or land.

Toxic waste has been implicated in causing cancer, as when a cluster of the rare blood cancer Polycythemia vera was found around a toxic site in northeast Pennsylvania in 2008.cite web | author = MICHAEL RUBINKAM | title = Cancer cluster confirmed in northeast Pennsylvania | journal = Associated Press | url = http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080826/ap_on_sc/toxic_dump_fears | year = 2008]

ee also

*2006 Côte d'Ivoire toxic waste spill
*Environmental remediation
*Hazardous Waste
*Homeostasis
*List of solid waste treatment technologies
*List of Superfund sites in the United States
*List of topics dealing with environmental issues
*List of waste management companies
*List of waste management topics
*Pollution
*Radioactive waste
*Recycling
*Superfund
*Waste management
*Waste types

External links

* [http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/cercla/05list.html Information on toxic waste from the CDC]


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