One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the discharge of noxious effluents into streams and rivers’
poisonous, toxic, deadly, virulent
harmful, dangerous, pernicious, damaging, destructive, environmentally unfriendly
very unpleasant, nasty, disgusting, awful, dreadful, horrible, terrible, vile, revolting, foul, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, appalling, offensive, foul-smelling, evil-smelling, malodorous, fetid, putrid, rancid, unwholesome, unhealthy, insalubrious
informal ghastly, horrid
Northern Irish informal bogging
literary noisome, mephitic
rare miasmal, miasmic, nocuous, olid
innocuous, safe, pleasant
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