Toxicity of the Savannah River and Other Georgia Waterways: A Result of Water Pollution
Pollution & Public Health

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Large savannah river s toxicity

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Toxicity of the Savannah River and Other Georgia Waterways: A Result of Water Pollution

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Alarmingly, Georgia’s waterways are becoming more toxic from pollution. According to the Environment Georgia Research and Policy Center, industrial facilities dumped 10,132,268 pounds of toxic chemicals into Georgia’s waterways in 2012, making Georgia’s waterways the eighth worst in the U.S. Startling, the Savannah River and its tributaries received over 5 million pounds of toxic pollution in 2010, making it the third worst in the nation (Environment Georgia). Furthermore, according to Environment Georgia, approximately 1.4 million people rely on the Savannah River for drinking water. Also, 4,085,115 pounds of toxic pollution was dumped into the Middle Savannah River by the largest polluter in Georgia, DSM Chemicals North America Inc. In addition, industrial facilities discharged approximately 55,565 pounds of chemicals linked to cancer into Georgia’s rivers—the tenth highest amount in the country. Such chemicals also have the potential to cause reproductive problems, ranging from birth defects to infertility (Environment Georgia). Moreover, Environment Georgia concludes that the toxic pollution issue requires the restoration of the Clean Water Act, as well as industries to switch from toxic chemicals to safer alternatives, to protect the waterways in Georgia and across the U.S. Environment Georgia also affirms that nearly 40,000 miles of streams in Georgia and 4.9 million Georgians’ drinking water are at risk of having no protection from pollution under the federal Clean Water Act. The toxic pollution issue also requires collaboration with farmers, businesses, and Georgians (Environment Georgia).

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Victoria Beeler

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