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Accidents waiting to happen: Industrial toxic chemicals
The Freedom Industries plant in West Virginia, site of a major 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River

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Accidents waiting to happen: Industrial toxic chemicals

Across the United States, thousands of facilities use or store chemicals that are harmful to people and the environment. Many of these facilities are located along waterways, where leaks or spills pose a risk of catastrophic damage.

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Less driving is possible
An extended bus drives on an empty freeway near a bay on a sunny day.

Biking, walking & transit

Less driving is possible

Residents of several states and cities have driven fewer miles on average in recent years than they did two decades ago. This decline suggests that Americans’ high levels of driving are not inevitable.

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