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THE TOXIC 100: Top Corporate Air Polluters In The United States

April 2008 – Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)

Each year since 2002, researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts release the Toxic 100, an updated list of the top corporate air polluters in the United States.

The Toxic 100 index identifies the top U.S. air polluters among the world’s largest corporations. The index relies on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) project. The starting point for the RSEI is the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), which reports on releases of toxic chemicals at facilities across the United States. TRI data are widely cited in press stories on “top polluters,” but they have limitations that the Toxic 100 addresses.
We deplore to see ranking in 9th position Exxon Mobil, the majority shareholder of China Light & Power
(CLP), Hong Kong’s largest electricity producer.

Toxic 100

Top 10  (ranking 2008)

E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

Dow Chemical

Bayer Group

Eastman Kodak

General Electric

Arcelor Mittal

U.S. Steel


AK Steel Holding


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