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Environmental Health

"The neural tube defect rate per 10,000 babies in Cameron County, TX was 9.08 in 1997 and 19.94 in 1998. This is almost twice the national average."

(The NAFTA Index, October 1, 1998)

"The [Texas] Department [of Health] recently declared that, 'the entire border area remains a high-risk area [for neural tube defects] compared to the rest of the US.'"

(NAFTA at 5, Global Trade Watch)

Hazardous Waste/Sewage

"Each day, 130 million gallons of industrial waste, agricultural runoff, slaughterhouse remains and raw sewage enter the New River from the Mexicali Valley."

(California NAFTA at 5, Global Trade Watch)

"Under NAFTA, maquiladora employment increased by 54% in Ciudad Juárez, spurring significant population growth. Yet Juárez still has no waste treatment facility to treat sewage produced by the 1.3 million people who now live there."

(NAFTA at 5, Global Trade Watch)

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