Study: Ohio ranks among worst waterway polluters

12:18 PM, Mar 22, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A new report says Ohio ranks 9th worst in the nation when it comes to polluting waterways.

According to Environment Ohio, industrial facilities dumped more than 9 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Ohio's waters in 2010. Nationwide 226 million pounds of toxins were discharged into various lakes, rivers and streams.

The Ohio River ranked 1st in the report in terms of the amount of toxic chemicals (32 million pounds) discharged into it. The report found more than 3,700 pounds of chemicals linked to developmental disorders were discharged into the Cuyahoga River.

The group is calling on industrial sites to use less toxic chemicals and on the Obama administration to make clarifications to the Clean Water Act to include all Ohio's waterways and not just drinking water.

The report entitled Wasting Our Waterways is based on data from U.S. EPA's Toxic Release Inventory.

The Ohio EPA released the following written statement in regards to the report:

"Ohio EPA commends all efforts to reduce the impact of pollutants on Ohio's waterways. In fact, Ohio's streams are cleaner than ever and our future challenges are related more to land use than chemical pollution.

But I encourage Ohio industries and businesses to continually evaluate their operations and identify ways to reduce their chemical use and releases. Ohio EPA has trained staff who can help identify these opportunities."

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