Mahoning River Slowly Scrubs Its Contaminants

Mahoning River Slowly Scrubs Its Contaminants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – It reads like the recipe for a lethal toxic soup: 400,000 pounds per day of suspended solids, 70,000 pounds per day of oil and grease, 9,000 pounds per day of ammonia-nitrogen, 500 pounds a day of cyanide, 600 pounds a day of phenols (carbon acids), and 800 pounds per day of zinc. Even more harrowing is that these figures represent the average daily discharge of contaminants into the Mahoning River from the nine major steel plants that hugged its banks circa 1977, accordi

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