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Study links petrochemical plants to poor birth outcomes

Season 2024 Episode 108 | 8m 59s

About a fifth of America’s petrochemical production is concentrated on a stretch of land along the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana. That production comes with serious risks. The area has been known as ‘Cancer Alley’ because of the high rates of cancer among people who live nearby. A new study now shows how those risks may fall on the next generation as well. William Brangham reports.

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