Toxic waste sites may cause health problems for millions

Exposure to lead and chromium particularly problematic for people living in three developing countries

By Erin Wayman, 09:49 AM May 6, 2013

Living near a toxic waste site may represent as much of a health threat as some infectious diseases, a study in three developing countries finds.

Researchers analyzed 373 toxic waste sites in India, Indonesia and the Philippines, where an estimated 8.6 million people are at risk of exposure to lead, asbestos, hexavalent chromium and other hazardous materials. Among those people at risk, the exposures could cause a loss of around 829,000 years of good health as a result of disease, disabili...

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