EPA Report Shows Declining Pollutant Levels In Mass.

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(credit: AP/San Francisco Chronicle, Paul Chinn)

(credit: AP/San Francisco Chronicle, Paul Chinn)

BOSTON (AP) — A new report from federal environmental officials shows Massachusetts has reduced the amount of pollutants it releases into the environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Toxic Release Inventory shows that at 441 Massachusetts facilities, the overall release of pollutants was 4.3 million pounds, a decrease of 1.12 million pounds from 2009.

The inventory includes toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water.

Curt Spalding, regional administrator for EPA’s New England office, said the inventory is an important tool for citizens and communities to find out what chemicals may be released locally.

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