Chemicals, Kids and what we as parents butt-up against as we try to raise healthy children in a toxic world.
This latest study is a very credible study that raises significant concerns about several pesticides that are used in Australia that may be contributing to Parkinson’s disease. Both paraquat and rotenone are registered pesticides in Australia, despite being banned in the European Union since 2007.
The Australia Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website lists rotenone as a chemical nominated for review, because of ‘human health concerns’. Paraquat has been under review since 1997. We are wondering why it takes so long for Australia to ban pesticides banned long ago accross the globe?
Our friends at the National Toxics Network (NTN) have just released a briefing paper on the chemicals used in the drilling and extraction of coal seam gas (CSG) in Australia. NTN is calling on state and federal Governments to urgently introduce a moratorium on all drilling and fracking chemicals until they have been independently assessed by the federal regulator. (NB. Frac jobs or frac’ing in the industry, with the spelling ‘fracking‘ being common in media reports, is a process that results in the creation of fractures in rocks).
Fracking chemicals are complex mixtures of chemicals. ‘Despite industry claims that fracking chemicals are ‘only used in small quantities’ and are all ‘food grade chemicals used in household chemicals’, the NTN has discovered that hazardous chemicals such as ethylene glycol, formamide, naphthalene, ethoxylated nonylphenol and sodium persulfate are commonly used in fracking mixtures
Lead author of the report, Dr Mariann Lloyd Smith said, ’Our investigation found that of 23 common fracking chemicals used in Australia, only 2 have ever been assessed by NICNAS, Australia’s industrial chemicals regulator. The two that were assessed, have never been assessed for use as fracking chemicals’.
Constituents of fracking fluids are often considered ‘trade secrets’ and not revealed to the public.
’Risk assessments for specific CSG projects in Queensland lacked basic information on the chemicals. The ones we were able to identify concerned us because of their significant potential to cause damage to the environment and human health. Some were linked with cancer and birth defects, while others damaged the hormone system of living things and affected aquatic species at very low levels.’
Images: Demonstrations again fracking are going on accross the world. Fraking has been known to contaminate drinking water, food crops and are linked to numerous illnesses.
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