Clewiston, is Florida's biggest industrial polluter. The sugar giant joins
the Foamex company, that makes foam bedding and carpet material in Orlando,
as the worst polluters in the state, although U.S. Sugar contibutes more
than twice as much pollution as the Foamex company. The study says U.S.
Sugar is not only number one in polluting the air and ground in Florida but
is the number five polluter in the nation. The rankings come from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release charts for 2002.
Toxins identified in the study as cancer-causing air pollution caused by
the U.S. Sugar operations include naphthalene, benzene and formaldehyde. See
a charts of the ranking of Hendry county's cancer-causing air and ground
pollution at href="www.scorecard.org/env-releases/county.tcl?fips_county_code=12051#major