From IRE Contest entry form: "This series, for the first time, brought to light the staggering volume of toxic chemicals released each year into the air, water, land and underground, and the possible contribution of this pollution to the high rates of cancer and other health problems. We found that industries in Escambia County, which includes Pensacola, emitted the highest total volume of toxic pollution in Florida in 1998, the latest year for which federal statistics were available. The county ranked No. 22 nationwide, with industries here emitting more toxic pollution than the entire state of New Jersey. One month after the series was published, federal statistics for 1999 were released, ranking the county No. 18 nationwide."