Well folks, here is yet another interesting factoid on why Texas should continue to be regarded as the bright and shining light of rampant, unfettered capitalism; the state is freaking aglow in hazardous wastes. Just keep it a secret and do not tell anyone, it might scare all the newcomers and tourists off.
According to 2009 data from the EPA, Texas alone, generates 38.1 percent of all hazardous waste in the entire United States. Yes, you read that correctly, nearly 40 percent of all hazardous waste in our entire country is created by just one state! Texas produces three times more hazardous waste than second place Georgia and more than 46 other states combined. Those are astonishing and downright frightening statistics.
The rest of “Dioxin Dixie” does not sound too peachy clean either, since the top five states for hazardous waste generation are all from the deep South. Here’s the 2009 data list from the EPA:
1. Texas: 13,461,911 tons of hazardous waste generated
2. Georgia: 4,024,468 tons of hazardous waste generated
3. Louisiana: 3,878,843 tons of hazardous waste generated
4. Alabama: 2,063,609 tons of hazardous waste generated
5. Mississippi: 1,702,446 tons of hazardous waste generated
All 45 other states combined accounted for 10,200,119 tons of hazardous waste generated, according to EPA statistics.
One has to wonder where all those generated tons of hazardous waste end up. All but one of the top five hazardous waste producing states border the Gulf of Mexico and even many of Georgia’s watersheds flow there too. The data certainly gives one pause to think and wonder what the hell are they thinking away down south in “Dioxin Dixie.”