The Norristown Patch had an article this morning that shared data from the Right to Know Network regarding the amount of toxic chemicals released in towns and cities across the country. This is new data (from 2013), so this is not old pollution sitting around in the ground, but new chemicals being released into the air, water, etc.
From the article on Patch:
Thanks to the Right-to-Know Network website, rtknet.org, the public now has a detailed look into exactly where toxic pollution is the worst, and exactly what that pollution is comprised of.
In Pennsylvania, 97.2 million pounds of these chemicals were released by 1,168 facilities required to report under the so-called “right-to-know law” in 2013, the most recent year for which full data is available.
RTKnet.org keeps a detailed Toxics Release Inventory, which provides details about the releases and transfers of all toxic chemicals, including manufacturing, waste handling, mining, and electricity generation.
West Conshohocken and Conshohocken are ranked 146th and 147th on the list of cities with pounds of on-site releases. The companies releasing the most toxic chemicals in Conshohocken are Johnson Matthey, Montgomery Chemicals, Chemalloy and Arcelormittal. In West Conshohocken they are Cooper Creek Chemical Corp. and Heraues.
The top five chemicals released in Conshohocken are Methanol, Toluene, n-Butyl alcohol, Acetonitrile, and Lithium carbonate. In West Conshohocken they are Cresote, lead compounds, Polycyclic aromatic compounds, Phenanthrene, and Naphthalene.