Chemicals in Massachusetts waterways

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Industrial facilities dumped more than 5,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into Massachusetts’ waterways in 2012.

That’s according to a new report by Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center.

The Wasting Our Waterways report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to many of the state’s waterways.

Christopher Curtis, the chief planner for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, said, “Our goal is to achieve fishable, swimable water quality standards along the entire length of the Connecticut river and again we’ve gotten more than 50% of the way to that goal over the last 20 years and we hope to achieve that goal over the next 20.”

The report also found that some of the chemicals dumped included benzene, which causes cancer, and developmental toxins, like lead, which can affect the way children grow, learn, and behave.

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