The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has just published research identifying the top 100 polluting organizations in the U.S. in terms of air, water and greenhouse gases.
The list was compiled based on pounds of pollutants released, in addition to the toxicity of those chemicals.
Oddly enough, some of the companies on the list have made a strong effort to support sustainability. For example, Dow Chemical, which landed in two Top Ten categories, manufactures solar shingles – while General Electric is involved in wind energy technology and BASF has double platinum LEED certification.
Nevertheless, as a green business owner and consumer, you might want to take PERI’s findings into consideration before doing business with some of these organizations. Here are the top 10 offenders from each of the pollution rankings:
Top 10 air polluters: 1. Precision Castparts; 2. DuPont; 3. Biomet; 4. The Bayer Group; 5. Dow Chemical; 6. Exxonmobil; 7. BASF; 8. LyondellBassell Industries; 9.Renco Group; 10. General Electric.
Top 10 water polluters: 1. Ohio Valley Electric; 2. Ferro; 3. American Electric Power; 4. U.S. Department of Defense; 5. Southern Company; 6. U.S. Tennessee Valley Authority; 7. PPL Corp.; 8. Dominion Resources; 9. Dow Chemical; 10. Evonik Industries AG.
Top 10 greenhouse gas emitters: 1. American Electric Power; 2. Duke Energy; 3. Southern Company; 4. U.S. government; 5. Berkshire Hathaway; 6. Ameren Corporation; 7. Luminant Generation Company; 8. FirstEnergy Generation Corporation; 9. AES Corporation; 10. Xcel Energy.
According to Sustainable Business News, the top three greenhouse gas emitters account for 5 percent of U.S. greenhouse gases, each emitting over 100 million tons of carbon per year, or equivalent to the average emissions of 78 million automobiles.
To see the complete “Toxic 100” Air Polluters Index, visit PERI here.
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