America’s most toxic cities

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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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3 thoughts on “America’s most toxic cities

  1. It’s interesting that one of the components of foul air is fluoride emissions. Yet almost all of these cities voluntarily add unnecessary and health-robbing fluoride chemicals into the water supply that are derived from industry trapping their illegal fluoride air emissions.

    Silicofluorides, scraped from the smokestacks of phosphate fertilizer companies, are allowed to contain trace amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxins. This is what is trucked as hazardous material through the highways and byways of America and dumped without purification into the water supply and called fluoridation, which is the government’s failed effort to reduce tooth decay in tap water drinkers. More info: http://www.FluorideAction.Net

    Fluoride is one toxin you can remove from your environment and body if you all tell your legislators to stop adding it into your drinking water, your bodies and your environment. Otherwise why should they bother?

    • nyscof,

      Thanks for the comment. Voters in Erie, Colorado just approved fluoride dosing a couple of years back. I don’t see much organized opposition here in Colorado.

      John Orr

  2. Actually, there is organized opposition to fluoridation in Colorado. However, all it takes is one individual to get the ball rolling in their own town or city.

    Clean Water Advocates of Colorado


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    Kane Dice has started a brand new chapter of WeAreChange in Colorado, likely to be called WeAreChangeSummitCounty. He lives and works mostly in Breckenridge, but is a tireless infowarrior who is willing to travel long miles and devote countless hours to fighting tyranny all over this state. If anyone would like to get in touch with him and help him out in or near Breckenridge, or if you just want to thank him for his efforts or donate to the cause, please email him at:


    From KKTV in Colorado:

    But there is another side to this story. Lots of Americans believe adding fluoride to our tap water is downright dangerous. “We simply have to err on the side of caution when it comes to our children’s welfare,” said one concerned Colorado Springs parent.

    Roughly 10 years ago it went to a vote in Colorado Springs. Parents in the community, then, held signs saying, “No More Toxins.”

    Steve Berry with Colorado Springs Utilities says they held public meetings and input sessions. “Ultimately what we found was that for as many people as there were who were passionate about adding fluoride, there were just as many people who were against adding fluoride to the drinking water,” said Berry.

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