Stirring Dark Waters: Press Attention on Recent Water Quality Report May Lead to Additional Investigations and Enforcement

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Attention has once again been focused on the industrial pollution of the lakes, rivers, and streams in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi through the publication of a recent report by a federation of environmental advocacy organizations entitled Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act. The study purports to document and analyze the levels of pollutants discharged to America’s waters through the chemical releases reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxics Release Inventory for 2010, the most recent data available.