Indiana home to many of the worst polluters



The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), an independent unit of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has released its list of the top corporate air polluters in the United States.

Guess which state is home to many of the country's worst-of-the-worst?

The group's "Toxic 100" includes too many companies with operations in Indiana to list here. But, of the top 20, no fewer than 12 make the cut here in the Hoosier state.

Listed in order, from worst to... if not "best," we'll say "not-as-worst:"

  • Exxon (Ranked no. 2, with operations in Hammond)
  • Sunoco (3, East Chicago)
  • ArcelorMittal (5, Gary, Burns Harbor, East Chicago, New Carlisle)
  • Steel Dynamics, Inc. (6, Butler, Columbia City, Pittsboro)
  • Archer Daniels Midland Co. (7, Frankfort, Mount Vernon)
  • ConocoPhillips (11, East Chicago)
  • Valero (12, Hammond)
  • General Electric (13, Terre Haute, Bloomington, Fort Wayne)
  • AK Steel Holding (14, Columbus, Rockport)
  • Alcoa (16, Newburgh, La Porte, Lafayette, Auburn)
  • Duke Energy (17, Owensville, New Albany, Cayuga, West Terre Haute, Edwardsport)
  • United States Steel Corp. (19, Gary, East Chicago, Portage)

(Cough, cough)

Other companies, like Dow (no. 15), have large operations in Indiana (Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis), but no pollution-creating entities.

Now get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather, Indiana!

(The "Top 100" index is based on the Environmental Protection Agency's "Risk Screening Environmental Indicators" and "Toxic Release Inventory.")