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The Most (And Least) Toxic Places In America

Home is where you lay your head. Depending on what state you live in, you may be laying your head in a pile of toxins. A new report from Priceonomics and Forbes breaks down the places with the highest levels of toxins in the United States. In the United States, large industrial facilities are required to report the volume of toxic chemicals released into the environment to the EPA. The EPA uses the information they’re given to create a “Toxic Releases Inventory” report. The report is used by the EPA to help them create their environmental policies.

Needless to say, the study by Forbes and Priceonomics has some concerning and surprising findings. If you live in the state of Nevada, you may want to pay attention. According to the study, the most toxic state would appear to be Nevada, with three of the top 5 cities for toxin levels (Humboldt, Lander, and Eureka). The high levels of toxins in Nevada is tied to the large number of “active gold mines” throughout the state. When it comes to city toxin levels, Kotzebue, Alaska leads the pack with 756 million pounds. When it comes to highly populated cities on the list, Indianapolis, IN produces the most toxins with 10.9 million pounds.

What you won’t see on the report are cities such as New York and San Francisco. The reason they aren’t on the list may be due to either not having enough facilities in city limits or the facilities not producing enough emissions to warrant being placed on the report.

To read the full report from Forbes and Priceonomics, click here: