Report: 224,000 pounds of toxics dumped into Connecticut’s waterways in 2012

Advocates with Environment Connecticut release the report (Madeline Stocker photo)
Advocates with Environment Connecticut release the report. (Madeline Stocker photo)

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.

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One response to “Report: 224,000 pounds of toxics dumped into Connecticut’s waterways in 2012”

  1. Suzanne

    In the fifteen years I have lived on the Five Mile River, I have seen Egrets, a Black-Capped Night Heron, Mergansers and even Geese slowly move on to other environments. The snapping turtles that once migrated from the river to our yard to lay eggs every June are gone.
    When it rains, the Five Mile River smells almost unbearably of raw sewage or soapy water. Nothing can be seen except suds but the smell is horrible.
    There is a sewage treatment plant in New Canaan right next to the Five Mile River waterway: I have been told by the director there that, even with heavy rains, there is no overflow.
    Unless every single resident along the River is not pumping their septic tanks and causing despoiling of the waterways which seems unlikely, the culprit has to lie elsewhere.
    I have been told this is called “Nonpoint Source Pollution.” Whatever the terminology, the Five Mile River has become one of those toxic rivers mentioned in this article if the wildlife has anything to say about it. Why would they move on if there was ample fish for feeding and clean waters for nesting?
    The local mill dam was removed to improve the river’s flow: it did that all right. The pollution is flowing very well, right into the Sound.

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