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The Most (And Least) Toxic Places In America

Every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires most large industrial facilities to report the volume of toxic chemicals they release into the environment.

The EPA takes this data and consolidates it into the Toxic Releases Inventory (TRI), which is then used to set environmental policies in place.

We analyzed this data along with Priceonomics customer Ode, a company that creates environmentally conscious cleaning products. So we got interested in the information buried in these massive, hard-to-understand reports. What are the most commonly released toxins? In which states and cities are the most chemicals emitted? Which industries contribute the most to this pollution?

Summary of findings:

As a state, Alaska produces the most toxins (834 million pounds)
Zinc and lead compounds (common products of the mining industry) are the most common toxins
Metal mining accounts for 1.5 billion pounds of toxins, while chemicals (515 million) ranks second
On a county level, the Northwest Arctic of Alaska leads the list, but multiple Nevada counties round out the top 5
Kotzebue, AK, produces the most toxins as a city (756 million pounds), and Indianapolis (10.9 million) produces the most out of the 100 most populous cities

The Most (And Least) Toxic Places In America

Alaska News November 11, 2017

By Victoria Taylor: Anchorage police investigate downtown shooting
Anyone with information is asked to call APD at 786-8900.
 
 
 
 
By Caslon Hatch: Alaskan soldier killed in Afghanistan honored at Mat-Su Veterans Day Ceremony
 
 
 
 
By KTVA Web Staff: First lady Melania Trump greets soldiers, families at JBER
 
 
 
 
By Scott Gross: Bean’s Café honors Alaskan veterans
 
 
 
 
By Mike Ross: AK Cowboys: Junior rodeo riders head to national competition
 
 
 
 
Thank you Captain Jeff Bayless and Claire Sundgren
By Samantha Angaiak: Alaskans to be honored on Donate Life float at 2018 Rose Parade
 
 
 
 
By Austin Baird: Alaska Senate adjourns session after passing crime bill
 
 
 
 
By KTVA Web Staff: Bank releasing tires held at Johnson Tire Service

Mic Check in the Morning: The Lullaby Project

They will be performing a concert at Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility on Saturday, November 18th. The show is open to the public.

Helping women in prison connect with their children, The Lullaby Project teams 15 women incarcerated at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center with 15 musicians. Together they write lullabies for their c….

Mic Check in the Morning: The Lullaby Project

Literary Roundup | November 10-23, 2017

Thanks to everyone who turned out last night to Jonathan White’s Reading & Craft Talk Series event in Anchorage, and to Indigo Tea Lounge for staying open after hours to host this series! Folks, don’t miss Jonathan’s appearances tonight (11/10/17) in Homer, and Saturday the 11th at UAA Campus Bookstore (details below). SOUTHCENTRAL HOMER | Friday, November 10, 2017 at …

Literary Roundup | November 10-23, 2017