“Depending on the frequency and degree of the exposure to the compound, the lungs may fill with fluid or grow lesions. The kidneys, liver and esophagus can suffer. A developing fetus might fail to normally grow.
And the brain: Like a fortress, the brain contains cells to repel substances from entering the sensitive organ. But methyl bromide can breach what is known as the blood-brain barrier. It storms the gates, potentially leading to tremors and other neurological damage.
Despite methyl bromide’s proven toxicity, there are no North Carolina or federal regulations governing its concentrations in the ambient air. When state regulators compiled its list of regulated Toxic Air Pollutants in the late 1980s and early 1990s, NC Division of Air Quality Director Mike Abraczinskas said, “methyl bromide didn’t make the cut.”” Read more…
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