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America’s 10 Least Toxic Cities

No. 1: McAllen, Texas

MSA: McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
Air quality rank: 5
Water quality rank: 19
Superfund rank: 1
Pounds of on-site toxic releases (2009): 446 pounds

McAllen and its Plains-Gulf, Texas, neighbors score the best Superfund ranking on the list. According to Forbes,  a search through the EPA’s National Priorities List for region 6, where Texas superfund sites are inventoried, indicates that the small metropolis has no active sites undergoing or in need of cleanup. Since tens of thousands of sites plague communities across the country, zero is impressive!

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:48PM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

Thank you.

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12:47PM PDT on May 10, 2011

helpful list

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12:04PM PDT on May 1, 2011

What a clever way to display the 10 lease toxic cities. I love those old post cards.

9:30PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Interesting, however the water in Las Vegas tastes like sulfur and the people who live there have very low energy. PLEASE SIGN THIS CARE2 PETITION:

4:00PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Good to know which city to visit first.

8:24AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

gotta make the move from NYC soon ;-)

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