Over 1.4 million pounds of Pollutants Dumped into State Waterways

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Over 1.4 million pounds of Pollutants Dumped into State Waterways

March 22, 2012 Updated Mar 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter) -- According to a new report released by Environment Minnesota, over 1.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals are dumped into Minnesota's waterways each year.

The Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act reports that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways acorss the country.

703, 019 pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped by industrial facilities into the Mississippi River, 47, 619 pounds were dumped into the Blue Earth River and of 35, 800 pounds dumped ito the Rainy River and 700 pounds were carcinogens.

Other major dumping included 31, 071 pounds into the Red Lake River and 16, 216 pounds into the Red River.

Samantha Chadwick, the Preservation Advocate with Environment Minnesota says, "Most of Minnesota's waterways are too polluted right now. Polluters dump over 1.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals into our rivers and streams each year."

The report also found the following:

-The Mississippi River ranks second in the nation for total toxic discharges in 2010 with 12.7 million pounds dumped into it along its entire 10 state course.

- The toxic dumping into the Mississippi River includes over 180, 000 pounds of cancer-causing chemicals.

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