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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health

June 2020 Newsletter
GLC-RCEH affirms that Black Lives Matter
The Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health recognizes that African American communities have historically suffered from a disproportionate burden of environmental pollution. Combined with the adverse health effects caused by lack of access to medical care, fresh food, and community economic investment, the additional burden of living with poor air quality, contaminated drinking water and soil, and older housing stock is absolutely unacceptable and must be remedied. To that end, the national PEHSU network, with input from GLC-RCEH, is currently undertaking a strategic planning process that increases our focus on ending environmental injustice. We look forward to increasing our efforts in this arena.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a report on manure from feedlots in the state of Minnesota. The report found that 69 out of 79 agricultural counties have nitrogen levels that exceed the recommendations from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as a result of manure and fertilizer runoff. EWG mapped manure from cattle, turkeys, hogs, and chickens year by year from 1991-2020. The over 49 million tons of manure is frequently on the same lots where commercial fertilizer is applied. An EWG report from earlier this year found that about half a million Minnesota residents drink water with elevated levels of nitrate.
Researchers found an increased risk for holoprosencephaly (HPE) and maternal exposure to select pesticides. Four windows of exposure were considered: preconception, early, mid and late pregnancy. An association was found between risk of HPE and pesticide expsoure including insecticides and acaricides for pets and personal insect repellents during pregnancy. They also found an association with exposure to household pest products during preconception or pregnancy. No associations were found with occupational exposures to pesticides. Researchers accounted for estimate household, occupational, and environmental pesticide exposures through a questionnaire. Cases were identified through the National Human Genome Research Institute’s ongoing clinical studies of HPE.
Dr. Nick Newman, director of the Region 5 satellite clinic in Cincinnati, developed a video on staying safe and healthy at home. The video specifically focuses on lead exposure. There are plans to publish a Spanish version as well.
We recently put together a resource on ways to reduce harmful exposures inside the home. If you are interested in piloting the guide and providing feedback, please email Thanks!
Who We Are
The Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children's Environmental Health (GLRCEH)  serves as the Region 5 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and is funded by EPA and ATSDR. The GLRCEH serves Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It provides telephone consultations, technical assistance, and training from experts in pediatrics, clinical toxicology, and industrial hygiene. You can call our hotline at 866-967-7337.
This newsletter was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 5 NU61TS000237-05 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications

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