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Many employees in a small town are coming from the factory to local clinics and hospitals with symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, watery eyes, and severe coughing. This has been reported consistently over the past several months.

Which of the following environmental problems would be the MOST likely cause of these health issues?

A

An indoor air pollutant such as carbon monoxide or VOCs.

B

A pollutant from electronic waste such as cadmium or PCBs.

C

A heavy metal pollutant such as mercury or lead.

D

Outdoor air pollutants from sporadic ground fires that break out occasionally.

E

A leachate from heavy seasonal rains at the local landfill.

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