A new article by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says a variety of metals, including cadmium, lead and nickel, are being used in the production of aluminum.
The CDC says lead and cadmides, in particular, are in some of the materials used in making aluminum.
The article by CMD researcher Dr. Jules Witmer says the metal processing industry is not well understood.
“There’s not a lot of information out there about the chemistry, and a lot less information about the processing and the process of metal fabrication,” Witmer said.
We don’t really know the long-term effects of these metals on the human body.
“This is a major concern, because we know the health effects of lead in particular can be quite toxic.
And there’s a lot that we don’t know about cadmide, and cadmic acid, or cadmexin, or lead, or zinc.”
The CDC report, published Tuesday, also says aluminum is being used to make steel, cement and plastic.
Witmer said lead, cadmases, zinc and aluminum can be combined to create lead and zinc.
The metal processing is also used in producing other plastics, including aluminum foams, plastic bottles and other plastic products.
Dr. Michael E. D’Alessandro, director of the Center on Mercury, said the metals are being added to the environment in ways that are toxic and contribute to climate change.
When aluminum is processed into aluminum, it emits more than twice as much of the harmful element cadmum, the report states.
The toxic chemicals released are not the same chemicals that were used to manufacture the aluminum, but they can still cause respiratory irritation and damage to the lungs, D’Anella said.
Wittmer said that even though lead, aluminum and cadmas are not used in manufacturing aluminum, they are found in the environment.
“There are things that are still being added [to the environment] in the form of lead,” he said.
“The main thing that I think we need to be concerned about is the toxic effects that lead and aluminum have on the body.
They’re not just harmless.
They are highly toxic.”
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