EPA report shows Vermont's toxic chemical output down


The Environmental Protection Agency's most recent report shows a reduction in toxic air pollution for Vermont.

EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data released last week finds Vermont released fewer toxic chemical pollutants in 2012 than the previous year. The TRI Program collects data on certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water and land.

According to the latest figures, 39 state facilities reported releasing a total of about 301,000 pounds of chemicals. This is about an 18 percent decrease from the previous year.

IBM, a multinational technology and consulting corporation located in Essex Junction, is the state's largest source of toxic chemicals. In 2012, the company released 115,000 pounds of chemicals. Next in line was Cabot Creamery, a cheese and yogurt producer in Cabot, which released 64,000 pounds of chemicals.

Federal laws require certain facilities to report annually on releases, disposal and other waste management activities related to these chemicals. TRI data do not reflect the relative toxicity of the chemicals emitted or potential exposure to people living in a community with reported releases.


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