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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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