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Forbes Releases America's 10 Most Toxic Cities

01 Mar 2011  |   Daniel Jacobs

Tags: General Environment

On Monday, Forbes released its ranking of the ten dirtiest American cities.The findings demonstrate how critically we need the Environmental Protection Agency to safeguard the air we drink and the water we breathe.

Forbes' ranking system scrupulously examined the 80 largest Metropolitan areas in the country, averaging each area's ranking based on five criteria: air quality, water quality, number of Superfund sites (areas no longer in use containing hazardous waste) , the number of days when the city's Air Quality Index (AQI) was over 100, and the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory.

In the end, Forbes found that "America's 10 Most Toxic Cities" include:

  1. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metropolitan Area
  2. Bakersfield, California
  3. Fresno, California
  4. New York City
  5. Baton Rough, Louisiana
  6. Los Angeles, California
  7. Houston, Texas
  8. St. Louis, Missouri
  9. Salt Lake City, Utah
  10. Riverside-San Bernardino, California


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