December 30, 2009

Toxic chemicals release down in 2008

The Bad news: Americans seem to be more exposed to chemicals from 2003 to 2004, according to a biomonitoring survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Good news: Toxic chemicals released into the environment in 2008 was 6% less compared to 2007, according to a recent analysis from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) report, which includes data on 650 chemicals from more than 21,000 facilities, total toxic chemicals releases to air last year decreased 14%, although releases to surface water increased 3% partially attributed to a coal ash spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority facility in Kingston, Tenn.

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