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 SAN DIEGO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The state of Illinois

has 35,943 registered facilities that generate or store hazardous waste, according to a firm that maintains a nationwide database of sites with potential environmental liability.
 More than half the facilities (19,473 or 54.2 percent) are located in the greater Chicago area, according to San Diego-based Vista Environmental Information Inc.
 The "Chicago area" is defined here as zip codes 60000-60699. Of the 10 zip codes statewide that have the highest number of hazardous waste facilities, five start with 606. They are 60606, 60610, 60611, 60618 and 60614.
 "Chicago is one of this country's most productive areas and you can't be productive without generating waste. The question is whether or not problems are being addressed," said Tom Gay, Vista chief executive officer.
 Vista collects data from local, state and federal agencies. It sells reports on potential environmental liability to lending institutions, environmental consultants, insurance companies and the legal community.
 Lending institutions in particular want information on potential borrower liability. In a recent survey, seven of 10 lenders said that they recently had denied credit to otherwise qualified borrowers because of liability concerns.
 Most of the remaining waste facilities in Illinois are located in Rockford, Peoria, East St. Louis and Champaign.
 A fairly high portion of the waste generating facilities are within the manufacturing sector.
 Of large hazardous waste facilities, the Chicago area has 2,841, or 70.6 percent of the state's 4,023. In a recent review of its database, Vista found that Illinois had a fairly high geographic density of registered polluting facilities, with roughly four times the national average.
 Alaska and Montana were relatively risk-free, while New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey all had higher facility densities than Illinois.
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