NJ factories, refineries released 6 million pounds of toxic chemicals into air and water

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SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – New Jersey factories and refineries released almost 6 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air and water in 2017, according to the latest data released by federal officials on Tuesday.

The amount continues a decline in the quantity of chemicals emitted statewide from a high of 20 million pounds in 2005 to 13 million in 2010 to 5.8 million in 2017, data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows.

The top producer of waste was the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery in Linden, which generated almost half New Jersey’s total releases. The largest refinery on the East Coast released 33 chemicals totaling 2.7 million pounds into the air and water …

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