Unfortunately, the latest release of information (for 2005) regarding
toxic chemical releases in
Consider the following categories:
Land disposal of toxic chemicals – A 50% increase over 2004 levels at 7,462,814 pounds
Releases of toxic chemicals into our air – A 9% increase over 2004 levels to 52,587,293 pounds
Releases by publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities into our water – up 6% over 2004 to 11,128,368 pounds
Note, releases from wastewater treatment facilities can be especially problematic in that whenever facilities experiences sewage overflows due to storm events, the toxic chemicals flow untreated into our lakes, rivers and streams.
Total on and off site releases – Up 3.5 % over 2004 levels to 102,445,146 pounds.
While conclusions are hard to draw from any one year worth of data – trends seem to indicate progress in toxic chemicals reductions efforts seem to be stalling.
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What can you do?
1) Pollution Prevention Program fees – have not been increased since 1987 – gives technical assistance to businesses to reduce toxic chemical releases and therefore become more competitive.
2) Hazardous Waste User Charge fees – funds activities related to oversight at facilities that generate, treat, and dispose of hazardous waste – and cleanup activities at those sites where illegal releases have occurred.
Contact your legislators and ask them to support these and
other fees critical to supporting efforts to protect our environmental and
public health in
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