As America marks it's birthday, the chemical stew that brew in many of Illinois streams, rivers and lakes threatens a new generation. Many of the waterways in the state are have toxic chemicals in them according to a new report by Environment Illinois. Spokesman Lisa Nikodem says the sources of the chemicals include not only industrial chemical plants and oil refineries, but also industrial agricultural facilities and power plants:
"It's a whole range of chemicals such as ammonia, lead, chromium, a variety of things that can cause cancer, can cause developmental problems and reproductive problems."
Nikodem says the worst offender in Illinois is Hillsdale-based Tyson Fresh Meats. She says the company disposed of over 2-1/2 Million pounds of polluted materials into a watershed for the Rock River. The Environment Illinois report shows industrial facilities dumped over 6-Million Pounds of chemicals into waterways in 2012, more than all but a dozen other states.
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