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Contaminants: Endocrine disruptors (pg 6 of 8)

Endocrine disruptors mimic the effects of hormones in the development of organisms of all kinds, from fish to amphibians to humans. These substances disrupt reproduction and early development, which can result in gender confusion, retarded development, suppressed reproduction, nervous system problems, and other serious effects.

These endocrine-disrupting compounds are found in household goods, foods, medicines, pesticides and industrial chemicals. They include breakdown byproducts of cleaners and personal care products, birth control pills, pesticides, industrial compounds such as PCBs, and phytoestrogens found in soybeans, coffee, and other plants. Many of these compounds reach streams through runoff, industrial effluent, atmospheric deposition, and municipal sewage treatment effluent.

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