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Poisoning Our Future

The Dangerous Legacy of Persistent Toxic Chemicals

November 1998

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The authors would like to thank the following people for their help with the research and editing of this report: Anna Aurilio, Carolyn Hartmann, Jeremiah Baumann, Liz Hitchcock, and Sims Weymuller of U.S. PIRG; Jeff Wise and Robin Pressman of the National Environmental Trust; and Mark Dorfman of INFORM.

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