Deadly chemical leaks are much more common in the United States than most people realize. According to recent reports from the government, there are at least four serious leaks each day in the United States. The direct effects of this escape of chemicals into the 5 environment are devastating. In the last five years, because of toxic chemical leaks, at least 135 deaths have occurred, an estimated 4,700 injuries have resulted, and nearly 200,000 people have been forced from their homes.


Mark the best choice.

1. A chemical leak (line 1) is the .

a) escape of chemicals into the environment

b) preservation of chemicals in the environment

c) production of chemicals in the United States

d) consumption of chemicals in homes


2. If something is ‘devastating’ (line 5) it .

a) escapes b) forces c) destroys d) improves


3. Which of the following is not mentioned as a result of toxic chemical leaks?

a) People have died. b) People have been injured.

c) People have realized the danger. d) People have left their homes

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