EPA Releases 2007 TRI Inventory Data


Source: US EPA
Related Topics: EPCRA TRI

Today the U.S. EPA released the 2007 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Data. The TRI is a publicly available database that contains information on specific toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain industry groups as well as federal facilities. The database contains detailed information on nearly 650 chemicals and chemical categories that approximately 22,000 industrial and federal facilities manage through disposal or other releases, or recycling, energy recovery, or treatment. This inventory was established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and expanded by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. Facilities reporting to TRI were required to submit Reporting Year (RY) 2007 data to EPA by July 1, 2008.

For 2007, 21,996 facilities, including federal facilities, reported to the TRI Program. They reported 4.1 billion pounds of on-site and off-site disposal or other releases of the almost 650 toxic chemicals (see Table 1 in the TRI Brochure. Almost 87% of the total was disposed of or otherwise released on-site; 13% was sent off-site for disposal. In addition, there was a 5 percent decrease in total disposal or other releases into the environment nationwide from 2006 to 2007, and on-site land releases are down 6 percent (113 million pounds) since 2006.

The 2007 TRI Public Data Release web page provides an overview of the 2007 TRI data and relevant TRI information (including analyses, tables, charts, maps, etc.) To fully understand the TRI data, the EPA recommends reading all of the materials.

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