Pollution In Sumner County

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It is not uncommon to hear about pollution today in America? When we watch our television there are always broadcast about oil spills and poor air quality, and how their are communities suffering from these pollutants. It is easy to watch the screen and think,” Wow! I am so glad we are not in that situation”. But the truth is contrary to this statement, there are harmful toxins being released into everyone’s community that often go unnoticed by residents in the area.It was quite shocking to discover the pollutants that were being released into Sumner County. What pollutants are being released into the community? Who is responsible for the pollutants being released? What effects do these pollutants have on our quality of life? In this assignment…show more content…
These companies release toxic fumes into the air we breathe, and in some cases dump toxic waste into lakes and rivers directly affecting the environment, aiding to poor air quality and toxic water. According to the EPA Sumner County ranks between the 80-90% bracket for being the dirtiest/worst for having water sources with impaired or threatened uses. With the high levels of metals in the environment it is an environmental injustice. Not only are humans affected by toxic pollutants, these chemicals also pollute the homes of many fish and birds that claim home to the lakes and rivers of Sumner County. We have to make sure our fish and birds live in clean water so they can promote diversity in the…show more content…
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