Dioxin & Hazardous Waste
Dioxin has been listed as one of the top 10 Persistent Organic
Pollutants (POPs), which are to be phased out internationally, under
a treaty signed by over 120 countries (including
The USEPA have concluded that dioxin causes cancer in humans.
It is also linked to birth defects, retardation of children’s development
and numerous other medical conditions. The UN Environment Programme
in 1999 found that in 8 out of 9 industrial countries (not including
Ireland), that Municipal Solid Waste Incineration was a the primary
cause of dioxins in the environment.
The Government’s National hazardous Waste Plan stipulates that
dioxin-containing ashes will be stored in hazardous waste landfills,
yet to be sited and built. Women living within 3km of a hazardous
waste landfill site have a 40% greater risk of conceiving a child
with a chromosomal birth defect, such as Down's syndrome, according
to EU-funded research published in medical journal The Lancet. The
findings are a companion to 1998 results suggesting a 33% increase
in the risk of non-chromosomal birth anomalies such as spina bifida
(ED 10/08/98) .
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