plant tops list of toxic polluters
John C. Kuehner
Plain Dealer Reporter
- An Ashtabula
County chemical plant was the region's top toxic air polluter
in 2000, according to data from the Ohio Environmental
Chemicals Inc.'s two plants in Ashtabula Township put
out 6.8 million pounds of carbonyl sulfide, an odorless,
colorless toxic gas. The gas is a waste product generated
by the plant as it manufactures white pigment used in
paint, plastic and paper.
power plants ranked as the state's No. 1 source of toxic
releases, accounting for one-third of all toxic pollution.
The Avon Lake power plant was the state's No. 11 polluter
overall and the second-highest polluter in the region.
The Ohio EPA
put out the data last week in its Toxic Release Inventory
Report, a document that lists more than 650 toxic chemicals
released into the air, land and water that companies must
report under federal law.
report showed 1,704 manufacturing operations in Ohio released
328.9 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2000. Releases
dropped 6.2 percent from the previous year.
The report, issued
yearly since 1988, does not include public health risks
for exposure to these chemicals. Some chemicals break
down in the environment and become harmless. But other
chemicals, such as mercury, dioxins and PCBs, accumulate
in the body and environment.
releases are within EPA's permit limits, said Scott Orris,
director of manufacturing. The gas occurs naturally in
the environment, according to the EPA. But breathing large
amounts can affect the human nervous system and cause
headaches, dizziness and similar symptoms. Millennium
has not had any health issues associated with the emissions,
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