Toxic to humans; can harm other organism; pollute soils and water.
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Impacts of Hazardous Waste
After discovering dangerous levels of hazardous waste at the Love Canal, the government passed the Superfund Act in 1980. This law requires companies to clean up after their toxic waste. Love Canal became a Superfund site, where proper clean up of toxic waste was administered.
Hazardous waste can be invisible, until its effects are seen through cancer and birth defects among humans. As a result, people might not discover contamination until they see an irregularly large group of people getting cancer, called a cancer cluster.
The United States banned lead in gasoline and paint due to it easily damaging the brain and nervous system, especially in children.
Mercury is a toxic metal that can easily spread through volcanic eruptions, coal burning, and electronic waste.
What is hazardous waste? What are some common things that might become hazardous waste?