Toxic Waste Declining, But Still High, in Utah

Toxic Waste Declining, But Still High, in Utah

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah's Department of Environmental Quality says the state is getting better about the amount of toxic waste -- but they still expect the state to be among the highest in the nation for toxic emissions.

The U-S Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to release some updated figures on toxic waste, and state officials issued a summary of their own data yesterday.

The numbers are for the year 2001. Utah officials say overall toxic waste releases dropped by 19 percent from 2000. But there was still 774 million pounds of toxic waste emitted into the air, ground and water.

The biggest polluter was Kennecott Utah Copper, which generated more than 700 million pounds in its various operations. Magnesium Corporation of America in Tooele was next, with about 14 million pounds.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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