Atlanta is the Most Toxic City in the U.S.?

According to Forbes.com, Atlanta's combination of air pollution and atmospheric chemicals makes it the most toxic city in the country. Forbes said that the city of Atlanta isn't solely to blame for its pollution — suburbs such as Sandy Springs and Marietta are major contributors to the area's toxicity. Both towns, it said, contain chemical plants, metal coaters and concrete factories.

We live 20 miles north of Atlanta – this is not good news for us.

Link: America's Most Toxic Cities

Toxic Cities ranking Metro Area Number of EPA Responses in Principal City Number of facilities releasing toxic chemicals Pounds of toxic chemicals released in area Air Quality Ranking, 2007
1 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metro Area 58 277 41,502,855 28
2 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI Metro Area 68 281 42,051,308 22
3 Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI Metro Area 104 773 77,632,218 2
3 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX Metro Area 50 432 88,754,384 10
5 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area 86 341 24,693,320 11
6 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH Metro Area 25 299 24,475,620 18
7 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metro Area 99 480 10,391,461 7
8 Jacksonville, FL Metro Area 70 73 15,164,615 37
9 Baltimore-Towson, MD Metro Area 37 99 29,793,565 24
10 Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA Metro Area 28 177 12,437,004 26
11 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area 34 332 6,605,651 15
12 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metro Area 15 243 11,442,042 29
13 Orlando-Kissimmee, FL Metro Area 19 63 15,773,627 38
14 Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC Metro Area 18 132 15,267,370 25
15 Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area 24 139 10,427,215 21
16 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area 42 81 2,368,807 40
16 St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area 19 211 33,051,384 4
16 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area 53 135 4,214,706 23
19 Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metro Area 15 235 22,901,153 13
20 Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area 7 247 81,634,235 9
21 Indianapolis-Carmel, IN Metro Area 16 127 21,990,812 17
22 San Antonio, TX Metro Area 17 75 5,449,175 36
23 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area 33 98 17,927,627 7
24 Columbus, OH Metro Area 12 123 5,295,408 34
24 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area 12 259 15,543,283 6
24 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metro Area 10 127 6,145,119 34
27 Denver-Aurora, CO Metro Area 26 105 4,880,332 18
28 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metro Area 10 99 8,530,127 31
29 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metro Area 7 278 3,106,166 20
30 Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA Metro Area 4 179 2,898,776 30
31 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area 2 452 9,897,930 5
31 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area 33 203 3,067,616 1
33 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area 17 81 417,505 33
34 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area 6 63 10,157,973 32
35 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metro Area 16 77 2,425,896 27
36 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area 12 135 4,225,497 16
37 Austin-Round Rock, TX Metro Area 4 44 660,611 39
38 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area 11 160 2,082,462 3
39 Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA Metro Area 13 55 659,865 14
40 Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metro Area 5 50 2,075,237 11