Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns

The Pollution in Newborns

July 14, 2005

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns: Test Results

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Octachlorostyrene was found in 6 of 10 umbilical cord blood samples from babies born in U.S. hospitals in 2004, at concentrations ranging from 9.1 to 291.3 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood). It was also found in 2 of 3 adult blood samples, at concentrations of 120.9 and 270.7 pg/g (lipid weight, in whole blood).

About Octachlorostyrene
CAS RN29082-74-4
Chemical ClassOrganochlorine Pesticide (OC)
Usesindustrial by-product formed from high temperature industrial processes involving chlorine, such as the electrolytic production of chlorine gas or magnesium, the refining and degassing of an aluminum smelt, and the chlorination and distillation processes

Suspected Health Concerns for Octachlorostyrene
Hormone System

References for Health Effects