Health officials say ornament source of chemical

Health officials say ornament source of chemical

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Department of Health has sent warnings about hazardous Christmas ornaments to federal authorities.

Health officials say a gingerbread man ornament has been emitting toxic chemicals that threaten to raise the cancer risk in some Layton homes.

The investigation began when Hill Air Force Base environmental officials spotted high levels of a degreaser chemical over a groundwater plume being monitored after a successful Superfund cleanup.

The ethylene dichloride turned up in 90 homes from various sources, including the ornament.

In high concentrations, it's toxic when inhaled, corrosive and highly flammable.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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