Friday, March 27, 2009
What's That Smell In Clewiston?
EPA Reports Chemicals Released Into Air And Ground By US Sugar
CLEWISTON, FL. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week released it's latest annual report on air and ground contaminants listing the tons of chemicals that are released yearly into the air and ground around Clewiston and Hendry County.
Photo: Smoke rises from sugar cane fields near Clewiston
Top of the list of chemicals reported by U.S.Sugar as reported to the EPA as released during a one year period is 69,303 pounds of atrazine into the ground and 57,246 pounds of hydrochloric acid into the air from the sugar company based in Clewiston.
Other chemicals released into the air in amounts of about 30,000 pounds for each chemical each year include benzine, formaldehyde, and naphthalene. Chemicals reported by U.S. Sugar as released into the ground around Clewiston include 48,067 pounds of ethoprop, 88,000 pounds of manganese compounds, 48,568 pounds of pendimethalin, and 49,277 pounds of zinc compounds.
Southern Gardens Citrus Processing Corp. in mid-Hendry county released 272,260 pounds of ethanol into the air as well as 12,620 pounds of ammonia.
EPA Report: http://www.epa.gov/cgi-bin/broker?zipcode=33440&submit2=Go&view=ZPFA&trilib=TRIQ0&sort=_VIEW_&sort_fmt=1&state=&city=&spc=&zipcode=12345&zipsrch=yes&chemical=_ALL_&industry=ALL&year=2007&tab_rpt=1&fld=TRIID&fld=RELLBY&fld=TSFDSP&_service=oiaa&_program=xp_tri.sasmacr.tristart.macro&ONDISPD=Y&ONDISPD=Y&OTHDISPD=Y