BusinessWeek says Milwaukee is a ‘toxic town’

According to a recent BusinessWeek report, the metropolitan Milwaukee area is the second-most "toxic town" in America.

The ranking is based on the number of contaminated sites per capita. The source for the information is Milford, Conn.-based Environmental Data Resources.

According to the report, the Milwaukee area has 47,531 contaminated sites, or 1 for every 32 residents in the area. The Milwaukee has 3,872 leaking storage tanks, according to the report.

Baltimore was rated the most "toxic town," by the BusinessWeek report by having the highest number of contaminated sites per capita. Other metro areas in the top 10 were: Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles; the Twin Cities; Indianapolis; San Diego; Detroit; Seattle; and Cincinnati.

The Los Angeles area ranks first when it comes to sheer numbers of contaminated sites, with a total of 271,360, according to the report. The New York and Chicago metro areas follow with 191,356 and 103,704 contaminated sites, respectively.

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