Oregon ranks 33rd worst in nation for water pollution

Oregon ranks 33rd worst in nation for water pollution

Environment Oregon reports industrial facilities dumped 1.29 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the state's waterways in 2012.

Oregon ranks 17th in the nation for release of cancer-causing chemicals to waterways. And it ranks 7th nationwide for release of toxins that can cause developmental problems in children.

"Oregon's waterways should be clean - for swimming, drinking, and supporting wildlife," said Rikki Seguin, conservation advocate for Environment Oregon. "But too often, our waters have become a dumping ground for polluters. The first step to curb this tide of toxic pollution is to restore Clean Water Act protections to all our waterways."

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