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Zinc mine near Native villages is major polluter

The Red Dog Mine near two Alaska Native villages released 487 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency reported on Wednesday.

The world's largest zinc mine contributed to Alaska's overall toxic release inventory, or TRI, of 540 million pounds. This makes Alaska the nation's number one polluter.

Alaska Natives in the villages of Noatak and Kivalina are concerned about contamination from the mine. Studies have put their food supply at high or low risk, depending on the source of the information.

Get the Story:
Mine poisons Alaska EPA listing (The Anchorage Daily News 5/12)
2003 Toxics Release Inventory Shows Continued Decline in Chemical Releases (EPA 5/11)

EPA TRI Reports
2003 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Data Files

Related Reports:
State Division of Public Health: Subsistence Foods Safe In Communities Near Red Dog | Alaska Community Action on Toxics: Red Dog and Subsistence: Analysis of Reports on Elevated Levels of Heavy Metals in Plants Used for Subsistence Near Red Dog Mine, Alaska

Relevant Links:
EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program -

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