SummaryTons of industrial pollutants released and disposed of by watershed/region. Industrial waste may be released into waterways, soils, and the atmosphere. This may introduce chemicals into ecosystems, the air we breathe and the water we drink. General Information about this IndicatorWhat is it?: Waste materials from industrial activities are discharged to waterways and landfills. Permit requirements often lead to monitoring and associated data, which can be used to understand how much pollution is released on land and water.