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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dioxin Dangers Aired

WASHINGTON () -- The U.S. government will issue a 2,000-page study next week that some environmentalists say will provide grounds to ban many industrial uses of chlorine, which yields the unwanted byproduct dioxin, considered a probable cause of cancer.

The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the report Tuesday on dioxin, a highly toxic byproduct of processes involving chlorine chemicals. Major causes are incineration of some paper, plastics and other products made with chlorine and of medical wastes, and many industrial processes.

"The science of dioxin has never been more clear. Dioxin is known to be more toxic to humans in more ways than we thought and at lower levels than we thought," said Joe Schwartz, an associate policy director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

The dioxin issue represents billions of dollars to industry and to many food producers because dioxin, which accumulates in fatty tissues, is in the food chain.