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Birth-control pills could add 10 million doses of hormones to our wastewater every day. Some of that estrogen may wind up in our taps.

Hormones from birth-control pills travel through our showers, toilets, and washing machines to local wastewater facilities.
A man bikes through a field in Watts, California, where some of the land is laced with arsenic because it once held a steel factory.

An environmental group found arsenic and chromium in tap water in all 50 US states. Here’s how to check what’s in your taps.

A newly updated database from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group documents nearly 280 contaminants lurking in US drinking water.

High levels of arsenic have been found in baby cereal made with rice, and it could cause a drop in children’s IQs

Rice-based cereals showed the highest concentrations of heavy metals, with arsenic identified the "primary toxic metal of concern."
Orange County, California.

A wealthy California enclave has some of the purest tap water in the country, and it starts out as sewage

Orange County tap water, which is filtered sewage, is "as clean as water can be," Seth Siegel writes in his new book, "Troubled Water." Here's how.
The NASA Ames Research Center sits on a Superfund site.

Google and NASA campuses sit on a hazardous waste site with contaminated soil. It’s part of a toxic legacy across Silicon Valley.

NASA and Google complexes in Silicon Valley are located on Superfund sites where manufacturing plants once leaked a chemical called trichloroethylene.
Sara Dean and her 2-year-old son, Patrick, at their home in Parchment, Michigan, a few months after it was discovered that Parchment's drinking water was contaminated with high levels of PFAS.

‘Forever chemicals’ linked to cancer and developmental issues lurk in the blood of almost every American. Here’s how to avoid them.

Most humans are exposed to PFAS through food and water, but the chemicals have also been found in clothing and cosmetics.

Vinyl gloves used at certain McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s locations may contain toxic chemicals linked to reproductive issues

Scientists have discovered that phthalates can be transferred from vinyl gloves to our food, but the amount we're actually ingesting is still unknown.
The Usolyekhimprom plant in southeastern Russia.

An abandoned chemical plant in Russia could set off a Chernobyl-style environmental disaster. Take a look inside.

Environmental officials worry that local fires and floods could spread chemicals like mercury and chlorine into the air, soil, and water.
A woman drinks from a water bottle in Portland, Oregon.

‘Forever chemicals’ have been found in bottled water brands sold at Whole Foods and CVS, and it’s part of a larger contamination pro...

Massachusetts officials recommend that pregnant women and bottle-fed infants avoid drinking the bottled water "out of an abundance of caution."
Women nurse their children during a public event to promote the benefits of breastfeeding on August 3, 2018.

Breast milk could carry harmful chemicals like flame retardants and BPA, but breastfeeding is still the healthiest food source for babies

The overwhelming scientific consensus is that breast milk is still the healthiest food source for babies, despite any contaminants it may carry.