WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- An Environmental Protection Agency report says several Delaware plants produced less pollution because of the recession and stricter controls.
The recently released 2008 Toxic Release Inventory says DuPont's Edgemoor pigment plant produced 45 percent less dioxins and related waste.
The state's emission of harmful substances also dropped since auto plants in New Castle County and the Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex plant closed.
Stricter regulations cut harmful emissions at General Chemical's sulfuric acid facility in Claymont and at Occidental Chemicals' chlorine plant near New Castle.
Beyond the economy's influence, state environmental secretary Collin O'Mara has been pushing for years to create a more environmentally-friendly economy.