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Toxic chemical releases declined in 2011-‘12

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 10-, 2014) — Total releases of toxic chemicals declined 12 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to the most recent Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The U.S. disposed of or otherwise released 3.63 billion pounds of toxic chemicals in the air, water or soil in 2012, according to the TRI report issued Feb. 4.

The decrease for 2012 included an 8-percent drop in total toxic air releases, largely due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions, the EPA said.

Emissions of HAPs such as hydrochloric acid and mercury were down in 2012, reflecting a long-term trend. Toxic releases into surface water decreased 3 percent in 2012, according to the agency, and releases into land fell 16 percent.

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What was the most interesting story from 2018?

Michelin, Sumitomo form tire distribution joint venture, NTW.
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37% (102 votes)
ATD cuts staff, declares bankruptcy as result of wholesale market disruption.
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Trade war escalates and NAFTA is replaced.
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