Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-11 05:22:30 –
Nashville, Tennessee (AP) -The Tennessee Intergovernmental Relations Advisory Board resolved on Wednesday to begin a comprehensive investigation into state waste pollution.
The Tennessee Wildlife Federation, which advocated the study, said in a news release that $ 15 million in taxpayers’ money is spent each year cleaning up trash. Despite that effort, the Tennessee River contains more microplastics per gallon than any other studied river in the world, according to the group.
Other impacts on the economy, according to the group, include negative tourist perceptions and agricultural damage of $ 60 million annually.
New research includes waste sources and composition, financial and environmental costs, and economic opportunities to collect waste.
“If you want to reduce waste pollution, you need a comprehensive, state-wide approach,” said Michael Butler, CEO of the Wildlife Federation, in a news release. “Our water, wildlife and wild places are drowning in garbage.”
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