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Environmental group: Miss. River 2nd-most polluted in country

March 26, 2012
One of Dyer County's most grand sights is the mighty Mississippi River, but what looks like a beautifully powerful mass of rolling water is reportedly one of America's most polluted rivers.

An environmental organization recently released a report giving the Mississippi River the distinction as the second-most toxic river in the United States.

The organization, Environment America, stated in their "2012 Wasting Our Waterways" report the Mississippi River is second only to the Ohio River in the amount of toxic discharges. According to the group's survey, in 2010 the river received a total of 12,739,749 pounds of toxic discharge from 10 states that border the waterway. Nationally, 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.

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