Pollution in the U.S.

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Statista Dossier about environmental pollution in the United States

This dossier presents facts and figures about environmental pollution in the United States. It looks into water and air pollution, such as emissions and oil spills, as well as waste information such as hazardous sites.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Average PM2.5 levels in most polluted countries worldwide 2019-2020

    • Average PM2.5 levels in the most polluted capital cities worldwide 2019-2020

    • Global deaths caused by air pollution 2019, by country

    • Biggest oil spills worldwide since 1967

    • Global generation of plastic MSW by region 2018

  • 2. Air pollution
    • U.S. air pollutant emissions 1990-2020, by type

    • Transportation NOx emissions in the United States 1990-2019

    • Population weighted PM2.5 air pollution exposure in the United States 1990-2019

    • Average PM2.5 levels in the most polluted regional cities in the U.S. 2020

    • Toxic air pollution released by U.S. companies 2018

    • Number of days with poor air quality in U.S. metro areas 2018

    • Deaths attributable to air pollution in the United States 1990-2019

  • 3. Water pollution
    • Water releases of production-related chemical waste in the U.S. 2019, by chemical

    • Water releases of production-related chemical waste in the U.S. 2019, by sector

    • U.S. share of dioxin compound wastes by sector 2018

    • Toxic hazard of largest water polluters in the U.S. 2018

    • Toxic PFAS found in U.S. drinking water by location 2019

    • Potentially unsafe U.S. beach sites for swimming by region 2018

    • Water pollution concern in the U.S. 2019

  • 4. Land pollution
    • U.S. municipal solid waste generation 1960-2018

    • U.S. municipal waste landfilled 2018, by material

    • Highest amount of U.S. waste in landfills per capita by state 2019

    • Volume of U.S. municipal solid plastic waste by disposal 1960-2018

    • U.S. plastic bottle recycling rates by material type 2018

    • Number of hazardous waste sites in the U.S. 2020, by state

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