By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new environmental report finds that Pennsylvania industries are cranking out some pretty nasty pollution.READ MORE: Penns Grove Woman Kristhie Alcazar Stabbed, Killed 5-Month-Old Daughter, Prosecutors Say
It’s a problem dating to the industrial revolution, bad stuff belching from smokestacks in the very places that allow nearby residents to put food on the table. And a new report from EarthJustice finds that Pennsylvania factories are top-ten polluters in terms of mercury, lead and chromium; top 15 in hydrochloric acid and particulates.
Michael Ewall, founder of Action PA, urges more — and more consistent – regulation. It’s surely an uphill fight in this economy, but he says, if you want jobs, go green:READ MORE: Philadelphia Union List 11 Players In Health And Safety Protocols Before Eastern Conference Final Against New York City FC
“It’s not as profitable to create more jobs, and that’s why they talk about jobs but what they really mean is more corporate profits,” Ewall says.
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