Effects of Land Pollution in New York City
Environmental Protection of the People
In 1970, the United States Government passed the National Environment Protection Act in order to help protect the environment from public and private actions that can cause pollution and other hazardous effects of land pollution. The federal government has continued to take action to help ensure the protection of the environment, the quality of water and air, and the health of the public. Such actions include the passing of other environmental protection initiatives including the Environmental Quality Improvement Act and the Environmental Education Act as well as the formation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency of the federal government of the United States charged with protecting human health and with safeguarding the natural environment: air, water, and land.
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Hazardous Environmental Issues
New York pollutants and toxins in the air, water, and land around us have been linked to injury, illness, and many long-term medical conditions. Examples of such environmental contaminants include:
- Toxic Water Contamination
- Air Pollution caused by factories, plants, and other industries
- Chemical Poisoning
- Toxic Waste
- Oil Pollution Spills
- Toxic Mold
- Lead Poisoning
- Asbestos Hazards
- Toxic Mold in Schools
- Benzene Exposure
Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants
Oftentimes, pollutants and toxins can emit hazardous agents into the environment, affecting the quality of the air, water and land. Worldwide air pollution is responsible for large numbers of deaths and cases of respiratory disease. While the government has enforced air quality standards and reduced the presence of some pollutants, environmental pollution continues to be a problem today nationwide and in New York. Contact our New York City Attorneys for more information on the negative life long effects which pollutant exposure can have on you.
- Air pollution
Air pollution and toxic fumes from substances like asbestos, toxic mold, and toxic waste has been linked to several different forms of lung cancer. These toxins often contain carcinogens, cancer-causing agents. Such cancers may include asbestosis, a chronic inflammatory medical condition affecting the tissue of the lungs, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Carbon Monoxide, another air pollutant, has resulted in many cases of death. See more about asbestos, mesothelioma and carbon monoxide.
- Land and Water Pollution
Land and water pollution has a variety of sources. These sources may include: insecticides and herbicides; chemicals; bacteria, often from sewage or livestock operations; food processing waste; industrial solvents) from improper storage; heavy metals including acid mine drainage; acidity caused by industrial discharges (especially sulfur dioxide from power plants); chemical waste as industrial by products; fertilizers, in runoff from agriculture including nitrates and phosphates; and silt in surface runoff from construction sites, logging, slash and burn practices or land clearing sites. Contaminated drinking water may contain carcinogens and cause cancer. Other health risks include: damage to the nervous system, brain damage, birth defects, stunted growth, reproductive failure, diminished sperm count, smaller penises, endometriosis (a painful disease of menstrual tissues), ectopic (tubal) pregnancies, damage to the immune system, loss of muscle tone, weakened reflexes, impaired short-term memory, decreased ability to pay attention, lower IQs, and violent behavior.
Legal Help for Victims of Environmental Pollution Exposure in New York City
If you, a family member or a friend have suffered a serious illness, injury or disease as a result of toxic exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins, contact New York City Injury Attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C., today at (855) TOP-FIRM to speak with experienced Injury Attorneys now or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form at the right of this page.