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Report: Virginia No. 2 in US for Toxic Chemicals in Waterways

March 23, 2012

An environmental group says Virginia is second only to Indiana in the amount of toxic chemicals dumped in state waterways.

Environment Virginia released a report showing that more than 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals were released into state lakes, rivers and streams in 2010, the latest numbers available. The group based Thursday's report on toxic chemical releases tallied by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Environment Virginia said the New River tops every other waterway in the state, with 12 million pounds of pollution entering the river annually. The group said most of that is from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Dublin.

More than 1.1 million pounds were discharged into the James River and more than 370,000 pounds were dumped into the Shenandoah River.

To read the full report, click here.

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