EPA Reports Decline In Toxic Chemical Releases

Law360, New York (March 20, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The amount of toxic chemicals released into the environment in the U.S. dropped 5 percent from 2006 to 2007, but there were significant increases of mercury and other harmful substances, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency's Toxics Release Inventory – a publicly available database used to track toxic chemical use, storage and release in the United States – showed that releases to air decreased 7 percent and releases to water decreased 5 percent over that one-year period.

However, there were increases in the...
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