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What is industrial waste poisoning?

Industrial waste poisoning is a condition that occurs if you breathe or come in contact with any toxic waste substance produced by factories, mills, or mines. As industrial by-products are released into the environment, they may or may not affect your health. As in all forms of poisoning, the severity of the reaction and symptoms depends on the type and amount of toxic waste that has gotten into your system.

The list of toxic chemicals emitted from factories is specific and long. Some common industrial wastes which pose a toxicity risk to people include arsenic, lead, mercury, benzene, and cyanide (which is the waste product of metal mining and production, organic chemical processing, and wastewater treatment plants). Because cyanide is so toxic, cyanide poisoning can quickly lead to brain and heart damage, coma, and death.

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