Toxic Discharges to Water by County
Source: Report: "Poisoning Our Water: How the government permits pollution" and U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Map Description:
This map depicts the toxic discharges to water by county, in the U.S. This cataloging of toxic discharges is based on data collected in EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) for the reporting year 1997, the most recent year available, as well as two previous years, 1996 and 1995. The rivers receiving the largest amounts of toxic chemical releases were the Mississippi River, the Connequenessing Creek (PA), the Brazos River (TX), the Alafia River (FL), and the Houston Ship Channel (TX). The top ten states with the highest percentage of major facilities in Significant Non-Compliance of the Clean Water Act (1972) were Utah, Florida, Rhode Island, Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee, Connecticut, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Indiana.
This map and text is taken from the report "Poisoning Our Water: How the government permits pollution," J. Baumann, R. Caplan, R. Puchalsky. February 2000. For a copy of this report see the link below.

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