Texas is widely known as a mecca for all things related to fossil fuels, but here’s a surprise: It’s also home to the cleanest town in the country. That’s right. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranks tops in our list of the America’s Least Toxic Cities.
The Least Toxic list is an offshoot of the most toxic cities list we released last month. In that ignominious ranking Philadelphia comes out on top, followed by New York City and its surrounding suburbs, and four California metros.
So many readers told us they wanted to know which cities fared the best in terms of low toxicity that we decided to put together a ranking of America’s 10 Least Toxic (as in environmentally healthy) Cities.
What got the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA on the list? A lack of Superfund sites, respectable air quality and a meager amount of toxic substances generated and disposed of by local facilities.
Behind the Numbers
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines toxic substances as “chemicals or compounds that may present an unreasonable threat to human health and the environment.” In terms of toxicity, the EPA’s goal is to “identify and reduce the risks from toxic substances,” collecting a plethora of toxicity-related data as it relates to land, water and air.
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