Hey Red states. What's that you're standing in? Toxic waste?
These are the 15 states with the highest release of toxic chemicals into the environment.10 It is interesting to not that the 5 states with the highest release of toxic waste, Alaska (~550 million pounds), Nevada(~500 million pounds), Arizona(~330 million pounds), Texas(~240 million pounds), and Ohio(~210 million pounds) release between 5-10 times more waste into the environment than California (~45 million pounds), the most populous state.
Source, Environmental Protection Agency, Toxic Release Inventory 2002 (www.epa.gov
). Total Onsite Releases of toxic chemicals by state. It should be noted that absolute levels of exposure do not necessarily indicate exposure of the state population to toxic chemicals, but I believe the data do indicate the relative difference between the environmental stewardship of the individual states.