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The Toxic 100 Index

AMHERST, MA, May 11, 2006 Researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute
(PERI) at the University of Massachusetts today released the Toxic 100, an updated
list of the top corporate air polluters.


“The Toxic 100 informs consumers and shareholders which large corporations release
the most toxic pollutants into our air,” says James K. Boyce, director of PERI’s environment
program. “We measure not just how many pounds of pollutants are released, but which
are the most toxic and how many people are at risk. People have a right to know about
toxic hazards to which they are exposed. Legislators need to understand the effects
of pollution on their constituents.”

The Toxic 100 index is based on air releases of hundreds of chemicals from industrial
facilities across the United States. The rankings take into account not only the quantity
of releases, but the relative toxicity of chemicals, nearby populations, and factors
such as prevailing winds and height of smokestacks. The Toxic 100 index identifies
the top air polluters among corporations that appear in the Fortune 500, Forbes 500,
and Standard & Poor’s 500 lists of the country’s largest firms. The Toxic 100’s top
five companies are E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co., US Steel, ConocoPhillips, GE, and
Eastman Kodak.

A new feature of the web-based list is that readers can see the details behind each
company, such as individual facilities owned by the corporation, specific chemicals
they emit, their toxicities, and their contributions to the company’s overall Toxic
Score.


Toxic 100 Top 10:

  • E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.
  • US Steel

  • ConocoPhillips
  • General Electric
  • Eastman Kodak

  • Exxon-Mobil
  • Ford Motor Co.

  • Tyson Foods
  • Alcoa
  • Archer

  • Daniels Midland

Read the full Toxic
100 List Index

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