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WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says 3.63-billion pounds of toxic chemicals were either disposed of or otherwise released into the environment in 2012.

According to the EPA's annual Toxics Release Inventory issued on Tuesday, Warren Steel Holdings produced the largest amount of emissions of any single entity in the Valley.

The report says that the Trumbull County company produced 1,062,319 pounds of emissions in 2012. Most of that material was removed from the plant site. 314,788 pounds were released into the air, water, or land.

Below are listed the largest toxin producers for each county:

  • Columbiana: WTI-Heritage - 706,012 pounds
  • Mahoning: Vallourec Star - 627,158 pounds
  • Mercer: JMC Steel Group Wheatland Tube - 409,411 pounds

In each case, the EPA says the primary chemical release were zinc compounds.

Nationwide, the EPA says that total releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12 percent from 2011-2012.  The decrease includes an eight percent decline in total toxic air releases, primarily due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions.

"People deserve to know what toxic chemicals are being used and released in their backyards, and what companies are doing to prevent pollution," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "By making that information easily accessible through online tools, maps, and reports, TRI is helping protect our health and the environment."

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