Many Coyote Gulch readers live in the Denver metro area. You’ll be happy to know that according to Forbes you live in the 27th most contaminated area in the U.S. — amongst the 40 largest metropolitan areas — based on poor air quality, lack of clean water and a high rate of environmental hazards. Here’s the report from Francesca Levy writing for Forbes. From the article:
To determine which cities are most toxic, Forbes looked at the country’s 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas–geographic entities that the U.S. Office of Management and Budget defines and uses in collecting statistics–based on data provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We counted the number of facilities that reported releasing toxins into the environment, the total pounds of certain toxic chemicals released into the air, water and earth, the days per year that air pollution was above healthy levels, and the number of times the EPA has responded to reports of a potentially hazardous environmental incident or site in each metro area’s principal city. The reports vary in seriousness, and not all require clean-up action from the EPA.
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