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The Environment Agency will launch a comprehensive fact-finding study on the effects of what are called “environmental hormones,” such as dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyl, on fish, birds and other wildlife, agency sources said July 11.

It is feared that the so-called hormones function like female hormones when taken into the body and may adversely affect propagation functions, such as by reducing sperm production, the sources said. More than 70 environmental hormones are now known, including dioxin, PCB, DDT and other agricultural chemicals and plastic additives, they said.

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