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Health Impacts of Coal Ash Contaminants

Health Impacts of Coal Toxicants
Mercury
Chromium
Selenium
Lead
Arsenic
Boron

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Lead

Known Risks

Exposure to lead can result in brain swelling, kidney disease, cardiovascular problems, nervous system damage, and even death. It is accepted that there is no safe level of lead exposure, particularly for children.

Organs affected

Brain, Spine, Lungs, Heart, Kidneys, and Intestines.

Mid-Pacific

Quick facts:

Office Information:

223 South King Street, Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 599-2436

Mercury

Known Risks

Mercury poses particular risk to children infants, and fetuses. Impacts include nervouse system damage and developmental defects like reduced IQ and mental retardation.

Organs affected

Brain and Spine.

Arsenic

Known Risks

Ingestion of arsenic can lead to nervous system damage, cardiovascular issues, and urinary tract cancers. Inhalation and absorption through the skin can result in lung cancer and skin cancer, respectively.

Organs affected

Lungs, Heart, and Spine.

Chromium

Known Risks

Ingestion of chromium can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers, anemia, and stomach cancer. Frequent inhalation can cause asthma, wheezing, and lung cancer.

Organs affected

Lungs, Stomach, and Intestines.

Florida

Quick facts:

Office Information:

111 South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 681-0031

International

Quick facts:

Office Information:

426 17th St, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 550-6700

Boron

Known Risks

Inhalation of boron can lead over the short-term to eye, nose, and throat irritation. Ingestion of large amounts, however, can result in damage to the testes, intestines, liver, kidneys, and brain, and eventually lead to death.

Organs affected

Kidneys and Intestines.

Selenium

Known Risks

Selenium is used in many bodily functions, but deficiencies or excesses can be bad for one's health. Excess intake of selenium can result in a host of neurological effects, including imparied vision and paralysis, and even death.

Organs affected

Spine.