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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

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Most paints, varnishes, and cleaners contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), or compounds that participate in the formation of ozone (MPCA). According to the EPA, some VOCs are suspected to cause cancer in animals and humans, while others are actually known human carcinogens. When individuals choose to use products containing VOCs, they are putting themselves, their families, and possibly other employees health at risk, as well as the natural environment. However, there are a growing number of products available today that are completely VOC-free.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The U.S. EPA site includes a description of VOCs, an explanation of sources, health effects, and steps to reduce exposure.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

This site includes information about a USGS report on volatile organic compounds in the nationís ground water and drinking water supply wells.

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