USA: New report on industrial toxicity – prior to Govt. scale-back of pollutant reporting requirements

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17 July 2007

Environmental Protection Agency Reporting Rollback Threatens Reproductive Health [USA]

Author: Wendy Norris, New Journalist Fellow in RH Reality Check (USA)

Nearly 38 million pounds of toxic chemicals, known or suspected to cause reproductive disorders, were released by U.S. companies into the air and water according to a report released yesterday by Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG). "These toxic pollutants are the worst of the worst and pose tangible threats to public health that must be addressed," said Kirpal Singh, the group's staff attorney. [T]he Toxic Pollution and Health report may be the last complete analysis of its kind since the Bush Administration drastically reduced the standards by which companies will now self-report emissions data on more than 600 toxic chemicals.

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1 July 2007

[PDF] full report: "Toxic Pollution and Health: An Analysis of Toxic Chemicals Released in Communities across the United States"

Author: Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG)

Industries across the United States pump billions of pounds of toxic chemicals into our air, land, and water each year, many of which can cause cancer and other severe health effects. [This report is based on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) prepared by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and includes national, regional, and sectoral analysis of toxicity in the United States. Refers to 3V Inc., American Electric Power, Barrick Gold, Bowen Steam, BP, Carolina Power & Light, CF Industries, Coeur Rochester, DDE Louisville, Domtar, Dow Chemical, Duke Energy, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, Huford Pole & Timber, Innovia Films, Innovene Polyethylene, Intertape, International Paper, Kock Nitrogen, Koppers Polymer, Liberty Fibers, Marshall Steam, Millennium Chemicals (part of Lyondell), Montana Tunnels Mining, Newmont, Plum Creek, PPG, Progress Energy, Quebecor World Memphis Corp., Red Dog Operations, Reliant Energy, Shurtape Technologies, Spontex, Sun Chemical, Teepak, Terra Nitrogen, Tillotson Rubber, Trigen-Boston Energy, United States Sugar, Viskase, Vulcan Chemicals, Weyerhaeuser]

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