Lyric Photo Exhibit to Examine Toxic Chemicals

Nov 13, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Toxic chemicals are the subject of a Kentucky Environmental Foundation exhibition opening today at the Lyric Theater. 

It makes use of photographs to follow three Kentucky women.  Two of these women are health professionals and all of them have health problems or have family members with issues that have known links to toxic contamination.  KEF executive director Elizabeth Crowe says the women approached the foundation specifically to raise awareness of this issue. 

“They are women who have decided that they want to speak out and try to help spread the word on the problem as well as the solutions that we want to be a part of.”

Crowe said that the chemicals involved are varied, but she gave two examples, Bisphenol-A (found in plastics and food can linings) and fire retardants (found in foam and different types of furniture).   Exposure can affect many different body systems, leading to conditions such as breast cancer, asthma, as well as reproductive and neurological disorders. 

"Burden of Proof: Living with Toxic Chemicals"opens Tuesday at 7:00 PM and will include guest speakers such as Eboni Cochran of Louisville-based REACT (Rubbertown Emergency ACtion), and Dr. Moni Unseld, an expert on endocrine-disrupting chemicals. It will also focus on the disproportionate impact these chemicals have on African-American women, who are particularly vulnerable due to poverty.  The exhibit continues through the Gallery Hop this Saturday and admission is free.