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Just How Much Does Koch Industries Pollute?

The amount of toxic waste generated by U.S. companies, and what happens to it, is hiding in plain sight.
The Koch Nitrogen Co. in Enid, Okla., on June 6, 2013.
Photographer: Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo
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Charles and David Koch spent the past several years and millions of dollars building a conservative movement in American politics. A new book out this week, Dark Money by Jane Mayer, chronicles the rise of their influence during the Obama era. 

A big part of their focus, and that of their peers, has been to shrink the impact of tax, fiscal, and especially environmental regulation. That position, Mayer points out, happens to work to the benefit Koch Industries, whose operations span oil refining, paper making, and synthetic fiber.