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Environmental Group Says Delaware River is One of the Nation’s Most Polluted

Susan Phillips / State Impact PA

A view of the Delaware River from Milford, Pa.

Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams received more than 10 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2010. That’s according to a report issued Thursday by PennEnvironment using data from the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory.

The report, Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act, says the EPA data shows the Delaware River took in 2.6 million pounds of toxins in 2010, making it fifth in the nation for the total amount of discharges.

The Toxics Release Inventory is part of the Community Right to Know Act. The EPA tracks the disposal of more than 650 toxic chemicals from industrial plants nationwide.

 

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