Vermont released more toxic chemicals into the environment in 2005 than it did the previous year.
That’s according to the latest Environmental Protection Agency report.
The IBM plant in Essex Junction was the largest contributor.
The report says the state released 198,000 pounds of toxic chemicals in 2005, which was 26,000 pounds more than in 2004. Most of the increase was attributed to IBM.
IBM spokesman Jeffrey Couture says the plant usually discharges or emits the most chemicals because it is the largest manufacturing plant in the state.
He says the nitrate compounds are treated before being discharged and are below any level that would cause a health threat.