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Senator Bill Finkbeiner

profile of Senator Bill Finkbeiner-participant in the Pollution in People study

Participant Profile

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Place of residence:   Kirkland, Washington  
Birthplace:   Seattle, Washington
Lived in Washington since:  1969
Occupation:   state senator, business owner
Age:   37
Known specific exposures to toxics:  none
Special diet:    none
Estimated proportion of diet organic:  5%
Home pesticide use:   yes

Bill Finkbeiner's Chemical Profile

  • 30 chemicals detected
  • mercury above U.S. EPA "safe" level
  • highest levels of PFOA, used to make Teflon and a likely carcinogen, in the study
  • highest levels of the pesticide carbaryl, a likely carcinogen, in the study

Chemical
Class      

Found in

Potential Health Effects

Found in Participant

Phthalates

(plasticizers and fragrance carriers)
PVC (vinyl) flooring, toys, shower curtains, personal care products, nail polish                 

harm to reproductive system development


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Toxic Flame Retardants

(PBDEs)
televisions, mattresses, furniture
learning deficits, hormone disruption
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Lead


PVC (vinyl), drinking water, paint and dust in older homes, hobby products
learning deficits

Mercury

coal plant emissions, fluorescent light bulbs, certain fish
learning deficits
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Arsenic

treated wood, pesticides, contaminated soilcancer 

PFCs

("Teflon chemicals")

coated food packaging such as french fry boxes; stain-protection treatments on carpeting and clothingcancer, organ damage, reproductive effects
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Pesticides




weed and pest sprays for farming, garden, and homes


cancer, nervous system harm, developmental effects, potential acute effects
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DDT

(pesticide) and

PCBs

(industrial coolant)
banned but persistent toxics present in many food sources, especially animal and fish fats


nervous system harm




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<see "Our Polluted Bodies", an Op-Ed in the Seattle Times by Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and Sen. Lisa Brown

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