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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
Water Quality - Pollutant Sources and Impacts

Cd CadmiumCadmium is a metal found in natural ore deposits and is used in the manufacture of machinery, transportation, and electronic equipment. It is also found in some batteries and paint pigments. This heavy metal reaches the environment through the leaching of ore deposits, from industrial releases and landfills and corrosion of water pipes. Metal processing (smelters) are also major sources.

Exposure to cadmium in water can cause a variety of acute and chronic effects including vomiting, muscle cramps and damage to the liver and kidneys.

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Learn about the successful clean-up of a cadmium pollution problem.

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