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Chemical contaminants are toxic substances that can harm the health of humans and wildlife. These substances include pesticides, pharmaceuticals, metals and more.
The most common chemical contaminants found in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides and mercury.
Endocrine disruptors are substances that can interfere with the normal functioning of an organism’s hormone system. Endocrine disruptors can, for example, create intersex conditions in fish.
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