Thursday, December 18, 2014


Foam from an oil slick floats on the Elkhart River near the Elkhart Youth and Community Center Monday April 28. A recent report claims Indiana is the worst state for industrial water pollution. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth)
Report: Indiana has most water pollution from industrial toxic waste in U.S.

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 6:11 p.m.

A report released this week claims Indiana has worse water pollution than any other state.

The report, which comes from the Environment America Research and Policy Center, shows Indiana released more than 17.7 million pounds of toxic waste to waterways in 2012. The next worst offender was Texas, with just less than 16.5 million pounds of toxic releases.

According to the report, industrial facilities dumped 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into U.S. waterways in 2012.

However, these numbers only measure waste from industrial facilities, recording reports from facilities to the government. WBAA points out the report doesn’t include data from oil, gas and agriculture industry pollutants, which could skew the data analyzed in Environment America’s report.

The same Environment America report showed that when toxicity is compared to pounds of toxic waste released, Indiana is no longer the worst state, or even in the top 10 — the Hoosier state improves to 15th place.

The report’s analysis promotes stronger enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act to reduce water pollution.