(STUDY FINDS) -- NEWTON, Mass. — Millions of Americans face exposure to elevated nitrate levels in their drinking water, a study finds, which puts them at greater risk of developing health problems.
The research, conducted by researchers at the Silent Spring Institute, revealed that Latino populations in particular are disproportionately affected by high nitrate levels in water, which has been associated with health problems such as cancer and birth defects.
“Since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, there’s been a real push to document other types of disparities in drinking water quality in the U.S. and understand the factors that drive them,” says lead author Dr. Laurel Schaider, an environmental chemist at the institute, in a media release. “Because at the end of the day, everyone should have access to clean and safe drinking water regardless of your race or where you live.”
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