EPA notes decline in pollution

June 30, 2003 at 8:31 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The Environmental Protection Agency Monday reported release of toxic chemicals into the environment fell 15.5 percent between 2000 and 2001.

The EPA's Toxic Release Inventory shows that toxic chemical releases continue to significantly decline across the United States.

Total releases of chemicals nationwide decreased by 15.5 percent, or 1.05 billion pounds, from reporting year 2000 to 2001. Based on trends since the inception of TRI in 1988, chemical releases have decreased approximately 54.5 percent.

Acting EPA Administrator Linda Fisher said, "The Toxics Release Inventory is one of the most important activities EPA completes each year. It is a tool that gives the American public information on chemical releases for their communities so that they can make informed decisions about protecting their environment."

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