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Tucked inside a routine monthly report is the first public disclosure of a potentially troubling new area of contamination in the regional aquifer below Los Alamos National Laboratory.
A cover letter from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the New Mexico Environment Department was dated Aug. 29 and was published by link on a laboratory Web site last week. It calls attention to two elevated readings for the chemical bis(2-ethylhyexyl)phthalate. The samples were found in the water table, some 1,300 feet below the surface, in one of the lab’s new regional monitoring wells R-46.
Associated in numerous instances by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry webpage with ammunition plants and explosives, the chemical is also known as DEHP.
“DEHP is everywhere in the environment,” according to ATSDR’s ToxFAQ, “because of its use in plastics, but it does not evaporate easily or dissolve in water easily.”
ATDR associates DEHP with a variety of plastic products, including wall coverings, tablecloths, floor tiles, furniture upholstery, shower curtains, garden hoses and swimming pool liners.
In the introductory paragraph, the fact sheet states, “In animals, high levels of DEHP damaged the liver and kidney and affected the ability to reproduce.”
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