toxic waste


: unwanted chemicals that are the result of manufacturing or industry and that are poisonous to living things
The company was fined for dumping toxic waste into the river.
toxic waste dumps/sites
Toxic wastes were detected in the soil samples.

Examples of toxic waste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Twenty-five toxic waste sites in 15 states are to be cleaned up, and ongoing work at dozens of others will get a funding boost, as the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced a $1 billion infusion to the federal Superfund program. CBS News, 27 Feb. 2024 Power To Change: Centering Black Leadership In Environmental Justice Throughout history, Black communities have disproportionately borne the brunt of environmental hazards, from toxic waste sites to air and water pollution. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The resolution came more than a year after one of the largest sewage spills resulted in 143 million gallons of toxic waste flowing into the Tijuana River Valley, and more than a year before Congress approved $300 million to double the capacity of the treatment plant. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2024 Ghee supposedly acts as a scavenger, drawing out toxic waste matter (known as ama) and pushing it into the intestinal tract for elimination. Jane Alexander, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Feb. 2024 In truth, incineration merely transforms our waste issues into more complex toxic waste problems, such as toxic ash. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2024 Climate change could cause this nuclear waste to enter the environment, as warming temperatures melt ice sheets that contain radioactive liquid and raise sea levels that could pollute food and water sources with toxic waste, per the study. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Mar. 2024 Then, news emerged that Tesla was being sued by 25 different counties in California for years of dumping toxic waste. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2024 Getting permits and financing for work on former industrial sites can be tricky because of risks like leftover toxic waste. Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024

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“Toxic waste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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