Talk about distortion. It would be nice if Christopher Helman of Forbes could get it right. In issuing the list of “America’s 20 dirtiest cities,” Helman, writing on behalf of Forbes, ranks Bridgeport number 4, claiming “Raymark Industries site manufactured car parts and asbestos and filled in wetlands by dumping toxic waste on them.” Gee, last we all checked accurately Raymark polluted Stratford. Here’s what the geniuses at Forbes wrote:
4. Bridgeport, Conn.
Despite being in one of the nation’s richest states, much of Bridgeport remains blighted. For decades the Raymark Industries site manufactured car parts and asbestos and filled in wetlands by dumping toxic waste on them. The EPA has been removing lead, asbestos, arsenic and dioxins for 20 years. Sperling Air Quality Index: 8 Sperling Water Quality Index: 32
Forbes polluted this information into twisted logic by soiling specific cities based on geographic area. Raymark did its dirty deeds in Stratford, yet Bridgeport gets the credit. How convenient. More from Forbes:
Much of the data for our list of the 20 Dirtiest Cities In America is derived from rankings done by Bert Sperling on his Bestplaces.net website. Sperling is known for his books like “Best Places To Raise Your Family” and “Cities Ranked And Rated.” His website features tools that let you slice and dice cities by a whole host of categories, like cost of living and income, as well as by water and air quality.
Sperling’s air quality index is based on annual data from the EPA, which factors in ozone and pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead and volatile organic chemicals.
Likewise, his water quality rankings use EPA data that measures watershed quality by looking at 15 indicators like pollutants, sediments, and toxic releases.
Both indices rank metropolitan areas into an index where 1 is the worst and 100 is the best.
To get a set of dirty cities, we identified which metro areas (with population of 500,000 or more) showed up on both lists for poor water quality and air quality. Then we averaged their rankings on the indices. We then took a look at some other sources, such as EPA data on the big cities with the most toxic releases (Houston, Texas–ranked 13th–leads by a mile), the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report, as well as a look at the prevalence of Superfund sites in the various areas.
Maybe Forbes and Sperling should bathe in the toxic waste of their misplaced logic. More info on the city from Best Places here.
Interestingly, Bridgeport is listed high in other areas which defies singling out the city based on a geographic distortion.
Check out Forbes entire dirty mess here.