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EPA Watchdog Raises Alarm on Toxic Chemical Release Reports

April 8, 2019, 5:30 PM

Municipal sewage treatment plant releases were left out of the EPA’s online inventory of the volume of toxic chemicals released into the environment each year, the agency’s inspector general reported April 8.

Chemicals in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory could cause cancer or other serious health effects.

Companies and other organizations that release toxic chemicals into the environment, or recycle or recover them, must report the amounts to the agency.

The EPA’s online Toxic Release Inventory for the years 2013-2017 doesn’t “properly include” releases from publicly owned treatment works, which are sewage treatment ...