PORTLAND (AP) – Businesses and federal facilities released 10.7 million pounds of chemicals into the Maine environment in 2001, a 3 percent drop from 2000 and a 68 percent decline since 1988, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA on Tuesday released its annual toxic emissions data, which tracks hundreds of chemicals released into the air and water and on land from power plants, manufacturers and other facilities.

Nationwide, plants released 6.16 billion pounds of toxins into the environment, according to the EPA.

The EPA said the Maine facility with the most pollution in 2001 was McCain Foods USA Inc., which released 2.7 million pounds of emissions from its Easton plant.

The Sappi Fine Paper plant in Skowhegan released 1.34 million pounds of emissions, while the Domtar Maine Corp. plant in Baileyville released 961,517 pounds.

The other major polluters, in order of emissions released, were International Paper in Jay; Mead Publishing in Rumford; Fort James Operating Co. in Old Town; International Paper in Bucksport; Lincoln Pulp & Paper in Lincoln; Great Northern Paper in Millinocket; and S.D Warren Co. in Westbrook.

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