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animals, fish and plants.
A group of diseases which occur when cells in the body become
abnormal and grow, or multiply, out of control
The slope of the dose-response curve for cancer. Multiplying the CSF
by the dose gives a prediction of excess cancer risk for a contaminant.
Any substance shown to cause tumors or cancer in experimental studies.
A contact with a substance or chemical that happens over a long period
of time. ATSDR considers exposures of more than one year to be
See Exposure Pathway.
A group of people from the community and health and environmental
agencies who work together on issues and problems at hazardous waste
Concentrations of substances in air, water, food, and soil that are
unlikely, upon exposure, to cause adverse health effects. Comparison
values are used by health assessors to select which substances and
environmental media (air, water, food and soil) need additional
evaluation while health concerns or effects are investigated.
CERCLA was put into place in 1980. It is also known as Superfund.
This act concerns releases of hazardous substances into the
environment, and the cleanup of these substances and hazardous waste
sites. This act created ATSDR and gave it the responsibility to look into
health issues related to hazardous waste sites.
and Liability Act
How much or the amount of a substance present in a certain amount of
soil, water, air, or food.
See Environmental Contaminant.
A disease or injury that happens as a result of exposures that may have
occurred far in the past.
A chemical getting onto your skin (see Route of Exposure).