I would have never thought this was possible in Idaho, but this number is crazy! According to Stacker.com "Corporate sites across the U.S are releasing toxins into the surrounding land, air, and water—with many people living in affected communities unaware of the damage being caused."

Do you know where I'm going with this?

Idaho, how Idaho?! The website continues with "The EPA's TRI program currently recognizes 770 chemicals; any site that manufactures or uses these chemicals at above-average levels qualifies for listing in the TRI. Chemicals described by the TRI as “toxic” are known to cause cancer or other negative health issues, as well as adverse effects on the environment. Facilities report the amounts of chemicals they release annually to the TRI, with the "release" of a chemical meaning it is "emitted to the air or water, or placed in some type of land disposal."

Stacker.com compiled a list of all fifty states and the population living near toxic release sites, the ethnicity,  and the total amount of sites each state has.

For example, California is ranked 48th with 8.4% of its population living near the toxic release sites. How is California ranked 48th? That's one of the best states with the least amount of people living near toxic release sites. That is astonishing with the number of people living in California and the number of sites, they have 1160.

Photo by American Public Power Association on Unsplash
Photo by American Public Power Association on Unsplash

What I found shocking was how much of the population in Idaho is living near toxic sites throughout the state. Check out this list! 

Top States With The Highest Population Near Toxic Release Sites

This information is from Stacker who analyzed data from the EPA Toxic Release Inventory.

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