Using Coal Ash Man
Mouseover the various toxicants (above) to reveal quick facts.
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.
Brain, Spine, Lungs, Heart, Kidneys, and Intestines.
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Mercury poses particular risk to children infants, and fetuses. Impacts include nervous system damage and developmental defects like reduced IQ and mental retardation.
Brain and Spine.
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.
Lungs, Heart, and Spine.
Ingestion of chromium can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers, anemia, and stomach cancer. Frequent inhalation can cause asthma, wheezing, and lung cancer.
Lungs, Stomach, and Intestines.
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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.
Kidneys and Intestines.
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.
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The Moapa River Indian Reservation, tribal home of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, sits about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. If the conditions are just wrong, coal ash picks up from Reid Gardner and moves across the desert like a toxic sandstorm. The film An Ill Wind tells the Paiute Indians' story.
A ground-breaking study by Earthjustice and Physicians for Social Responsibility found that the water and air in 34 states are being poisoned by coal ash—creating major health risks for both children and adults.