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Toxic-Waste

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									Toxic Waste




By Brennan Lippert
                I. Introduction
• What is it?
  – Also called hazardous waste
  – Toxic waste is a hazardous waste that when
    released into the environment can pollute many
    things. It can even cause injury and death to living
    creatures
II. What kinds of toxic waste are there?
1.    Corrosive
     a.   Something that can wear away or corrode another substance. Waste
          such as acid can eat through metal or burn skin.
2.    Ignitable
     a.   Ignitable material that poses a fire hazard and may also give off
          harmful fumes.
     b.   Gasoline, paint and furniture polish are examples of ignitable waste.
3.    Reactive
     a.   Reactive waste can explode or create poisonous gas when combined
          with other chemicals
     b.   Ammonia and chlorine bleach are examples of reactive waste
4.    Toxic
     a.   Toxic substances can poison people, animals and plants
     b.   Pesticides, weed killers and many household items can be toxic
              Examples of Toxic Waste




•Examples of Toxic Waste at home
•A picture of a 23 acre toxic waste dump in Bullitt County, right here in Kentucky.
(1980)
        III. Effects of Toxic Waste
1. Humans, animals and plants can be exposed to
   hazardous substances through inhalation, ingestion or
   exposure to the skin
  a. We can breathe in vapors from hazardous liquids and
     even contaminated water.
  b. Ingestion means we can eat fish, meat, fruit and
     vegetables that have been exposed to hazardous
     substances. The most common problem is contaminated
     drinking water
  c. Exposure is when substances come into contact and are
     absorbed by the skin.
2. The most common problem is drinking contaminated
   water
  IV. Current Examples of Toxic Waste
1. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
  a. The leaking oil well is putting 210,000 gallons of
     oil each day into the Gulf of Mexico
  b. Sea life and coastal marshes are vital to the
     ecosystem and the U.S. food industry.
  c. There is currently no solution for this leak
  d. An oil slick 130 miles long and 70 miles wide is
     moving towards the coast
Pictures of the Oil Spill
 Animals at Risk from the Oil Leak




•Oysters
•Sea Turtles
•Brown Pelicans (once on the
endangered species list)
       V. Ways People Can Help
1. Education
  a. Keep studying toxic waste in school
  b. Visit the government’s EPA website to learn more
     about what you can do
2. Recycle
  a. Learn what chemicals are in your home how you can
     dispose of them safely
3. Volunteer
  a. Learn what efforts there are in your community and
     find what you can do to help them or donate money
     to them to support their efforts
              VI. Conclusion
1. Toxic waste poses a large threat to us and our
   environment. We should all be aware of it
   and help where we can.

								
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