HARTFORD, Conn. – Industrial facilities discharged 224,029 pounds of toxic waste into Connecticut waterways in 2012, according to a June 19 report from the Environment Connecticut Research & Policy Center.
Environment Connecticut, a statewide citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, released its report Thursday titled, “Wasting Our Waterways: Toxic Industrial Pollution and Restoring the Promise of the Clean Water Act.” Aside from the Connecticut data, the document details the release of 206 million pounds of toxins into U.S. waterways in 2012, and describes the impact of those toxins on the environment and human health.
According to the report, industrial facilities dumped about 2,404 pounds of cancer-causing chemicals, 505 pounds of developmental toxins, and 1,567 pounds of reproductive toxins into Connecticut waterways in 2012. The report says the specific chemicals are known to cause a range of developmental and reproductive disorders. The toxins render many waterways, such as the Connecticut river, unswimmable and unfishable, the report says.
The data on the pollutants, according to the report, came directly from the Environmental Protection Agency, which requires polluters to report toxic discharges into the nation’s waterways. The EPA tracks the data based on those disclosures through the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program.