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...
Oct. 19 — Thirty years after coming into existence, the Toxics Release Inventory database received high praise from activists and academics at an Oct. 19 TRI national training conference.
The conference was held almost 30 years to the day after President Ronald Reagan signed the law that requires companies to report their releases of toxic chemicals to the Environmental Protection Agency, which then compiles these reports into a publicly available database.
Beverly Wright, a sociology professor at Dillard University who specializes in urban environmental justice issues, said the creation of the TRI database was “a lifesaver” for many African American neighborhoods located near industrial sites.
“We’d been saying there’s something in the air that’s making us sick,” Wright said at the conference. “And it was thought to be just the disgruntled raging of an unhappy community.”
With the program entering its fourth decade, many of the attendees of the conference agreed that it should begin to build on its formative successes.
Environmental consultant Mark Greenwood, an EPA alumni who used to work on the TRI program, said the EPA should expand on its efforts to move the database beyond releases of pollution to also include data on companies’ pollution prevention efforts. He also said the EPA needs to improve its risk communication efforts by placing the TRI’s data in context rather than just reporting it to the public without explanation.
Ultimately, one of the most important things the EPA can do with TRI is to simply ensure it continues to exist, according to Paul Mohai, an environmental policy professor at the University of Michigan. Mohai pointed out that, because the EPA reports its localized TRI data annually, people currently under 30 years of age will be able to gain a nearly complete picture of the environmental toxins they have been exposed to throughout every period of their lives.
“Imagine the possibilities for doing longitudinal studies,” Mohai said. “There’s no other data like it.”
To contact the reporter on this story: David Schultz in Washington at dSchultz@bna.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at email@example.com
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)