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Study details Iowa waterway pollution concerns

More than 6.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals went into Iowa’s waterways in 2010
By
Rod Boshart

DES MOINES – Environment groups that studied the federal government’s toxic release inventory issued a report Thursday indicating that industrial facilities discharged – both legally and illegally – more than 6.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Iowa’s waterways in 2010.

“Iowa’s waterways are embarrassingly polluted right now,” said Samantha Chadwick, a preservation advocate with Environment Iowa – which co-authored the 2012 report with the Frontier Group.”Our waterways shouldn’t be industry’s dumping ground. Our rivers are too important to the health of the state and for our quality of life.”

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