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More Chemical Wastes Released, Recycled in 2018, EPA Says (2)

Feb. 11, 2020, 8:46 PMUpdated: Feb. 11, 2020, 10:37 PM

The total amount of production-related waste that industrial and federal facilities reported to the EPA increased from 2017 to 2018, the agency said in Toxics Release Inventory data.

The Environmental Protection Agency said 21,557 industrial and federal facilities released 32.1 billion pounds of 595 individual chemicals plus 33 chemical categories in calendar year 2018, according to figures that were released Tuesday. That compares to 30.57 billion pounds in 2017.

Facilities recycled 53% of these chemicals, treated 26%, disposed of 12% through land, air, or water discharges, and used 10% for fuel, the EPA said.