Toxic Water in the US

To find toxic water releases by US zip code, go to The New York Times’ Find Water Polluters Near You feature.

The US federal government, the EPA, and state governments quietly stopped regulating water quality in the US under the Clinton administration. However, as per law, businesses were still sending the reports of their toxic discharging activities to state governments. Investigative reporter Charles Duhigg led a 10-month effort to analyze languishing water pollution records around the country. On September 12, 2009 The New York Times published investigative reporter Charles Duhigg’s research into US water quality.

The results of Duhigg’s investigation are of course very grim. Without regulation, businesses and city governments have learned to discharge more and more toxic waste into the country’s water supplies.


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