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3.5M pounds of chemicals dumped into IA waterways

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- A report released by an environmental group shows factories dumped nearly 3.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Iowa's waterways in 2007.

The report was released Wednesday by Environment Iowa. It compiles toxic chemical releases reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2007, the most recent data available.

The chemicals can adversely affect fish, wildlife and human health.

Nationally, factories released 232 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2007.

The Ohio River ranked first in toxic discharges, followed by the New River in West Virginia and the Mississippi River. The Missouri River ranked eighth. None of Iowa's other rivers or lakes made the top 50.

Iowa ranked 21st in volume of toxic discharges into waterways. Indiana came in first with 27 million pounds.

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