Turn to the nation's most objective and informative daily environmental news resource to learn how the United States and key players around the world are responding to the environmental...
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its most recent set of preliminary data on toxic chemical releases and transfers at industrial facilities nationwide, with the data showing an increase in releases for 2011.
The public can now access all of the data reported to the Toxics Release Inventory for Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011. The inventory provides information on toxic chemicals produced and used at industrial facilities and how they are managed, through the online tools Envirofacts and TRI Explorer.
Current data in TRI Explorer, dated Oct. 31, show that total on- and off-site releases increased from 3.8 billion pounds in 2010 to 4.1 billion pounds in 2011.
EPA usually releases an initial data set in July that is updated over several months as it goes through quality checks before the annual TRI National Analysis is released. The national analysis marks trends in national and local toxic releases, trends in chemicals managed by TRI facilities, and examines certain chemicals of interest, industry sectors, parent companies, and geographic areas.
The preliminary data for 2011 set included information from 20,927 facilities on 513 chemicals.
Sixteen of the chemicals, classified as carcinogens by the National Toxicology Program, were reported to TRI for the first time in 2011 (34 CRR 1145, 11/29/10).
The new chemicals are: 1-amino-2,4-dibromoanthraquinone; 2,2-bis(bromomethyl)-1,3-propanediol; furan; glycidol; isoprene; methyleugenol; 1,6-dinitropyrene; 1,8-dinitropyrene; 6-nitrochrysene; 4-nitropyrene; o-nitroanisole; nitromethane; phenolphthalein; tetrafluoroethylene, tetranitromethane; and vinyl fluoride.
Releases and transfers of reported carcinogens have doubled since 2008, while those of persistent, bio-accumulative, and toxic compounds (PBTs) have risen by about one-third.
Manufacturing, metal mining, coal mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste treatment facilities are among the 26 industries that must report to TRI. EPA is considering adding reporting requirements for iron ore mining, phosphate mining, solid waste combustors and incinerators, large dry cleaners, petroleum bulk storage, and steam generation from coal or oil (36 CRR 75, 1/16/12).
The metal mining industry, which usually accounts for the largest share of toxics reported by industries, became an even larger contributor to the inventory in 2011, reaching 46 percent of total releases, according to the latest data. In 2008, metal mining made up 30 percent of total releases.
For states, environmental groups, academics, and companies reporting to TRI that are interested in seeing the raw data, timeliness is essential, Sean Moulton, director of federal information policy for OMB Watch, told BNA Nov. 1.
“The closer you can get data from the [toxics-releasing] activities, the better,” Moulton said.
EPA expects to release a National Analysis for 2011 TRI data in December.
EPA's Toxics Release Inventory reporting tool Envirofacts is available at http://www.epa.gov/enviro/facts/tri/search.html.
EPA's TRI Explorer is available at http://iaspub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_release.chemical.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)