EPA lists top producers of toxic emissions in the Valley - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

EPA lists top producers of toxic emissions in the Valley

Posted: Updated:

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."

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

    Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:04:19 GMT
    A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.More >>
    A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.More >>
  • State won't sell naming rights for Ohio Turnpike

    State won't sell naming rights for Ohio Turnpike

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:30:13 GMT
    Ohio will pursue opportunities to collect revenue through sponsorships along the state turnpike but will not sell naming rights for the 241-mile toll road.More >>
    Ohio will pursue opportunities to collect revenue through sponsorships along the state turnpike but will not sell naming rights for the 241-mile toll road.
    More >>
  • Ohio State president meets with band leaders

    Ohio State president meets with band leaders

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:23:42 GMT
    Courtesy:  NBC NewsCourtesy: NBC News
    Student and staff leaders of the Ohio State marching band have met with the university's president to share concerns over the firing of a popular band directorMore >>
    Student and staff leaders of the Ohio State marching band have met with the university's president to share concerns over the firing of a popular band directorMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms