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Utah: Ranks No. 2 in Toxic Chemical Emissions

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Published on : Jan 22, 2015

As per reports, it has been observed and concluded that Utah has the maximum number of open-pit copper mines in the entire world, and this involves huge volumes of lead compounds. The annual inventory of Environmental Protection Agency denotes that Utah holds the second position amidst 56 states and territories all over the country for toxic and harmful releases per square mile. 

As per inventory details of EPA in 2013, almost 12.7% share in the total toxic releases was held by Utah. And a major part of it was from the mining segment. The maximum contribution was from the Kennecott Utah copper mine, power plant, and concentrators, thereby occupying the top three positions for the entire state and these were followed by the US Magnesium and the Clean Harbors Grassy Mountain. The Toxic Release Inventory basically creates transparency for those living in areas prone to such toxic releases and enable them to understand the prevailing conditions around them. 

There are close to 185 facilities in Utah that report to the EPA’s TRI with twenty three new ways for reducing toxic emissions. As per the EPA, on a national level, a huge quantity of harmful chemical waste that was managed at industrial centers in the U.S. was not released into the environment. The quantity of toxic chemicals that are managed as waste had risen by about 4% between the years 2012 and 2013. And the mining sector contributed by far the largest quantity in the total disposal and this comprised 47% of the total releases from every industry. 

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