Nelson Brooke’s photo of Tyson Farms’ Blountsville Processing Plant’s wastewater treatment plant and discharge, top center, and the wetland it discharges to, bottom left. Flight provided by SouthWings.
A recent analysis of data reported by industry indicates that nearly ten million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into Alabama’s rivers in 2015. Over 50,000 pounds of those chemicals are carcinogens, and over a quarter million of them cause reproductive issues. The data was self-reported by industry to EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory, from which Coosa Riverkeeper analyzed the data to produce these rankings.