Wednesday, March 02, 2011

NYC: The Toxic Avenger



As if the competition between Philadelphia and New York City wasn’t bad enough … now this!


After studying 80 of America’s metropolitan areas, has declared that Philadelphia is The Most Toxic City in The United States.  New York City came in out of the money at fourth place, just behind Fresno, California and slightly ahead of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  According to an article in The New York Daily News, the decision was based on the number of Superfund sites in each city.  Here’s an excerpt from the Daily News article; for all of the details, please click on the link:


New York is fourth most toxic city in U.S.; Philadelphia tops most-toxic list

"Philadelphia doesn't have great air, but other cities have worst," said Morgan Brennan, of, which conducted the report. "But the Philadelphia area has over 50 Superfund sites, really poor water quality, and a hefty amount of toxic releases."

To compile the list, looked at 80 of America's largest metropolitan areas and examined the number of Superfund locations, unused areas which contain hazardous materials, as well as the local Air Quality Index (AQI) and Toxics Release Index, a measure of how much toxic material is released, recycled or managed by local industries.

The Philadelphia metropolitan area includes more than 50 Superfund sites.


Must be something in those cheese steaks that causes this kind of thing to happen. 


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