EPA's 2012 Toxics Release Inventory Shows Air Pollutants Continue to Decline SWCAA News

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - The total release of toxic chemicals decreased 12 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The decrease includes an eight percent decline in total toxic air releases, primarily due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions.

The annual TRI report provides citizens with critical information about their communities. The TRI Program collects data on certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water, and land, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities by facilities across the country. The data are submitted annually to EPA, states, and tribes by facilities in industry sectors such as manufacturing, metal mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste. Many of the releases from facilities that are subject to TRI reporting are regulated under other EPA program requirements designed to limit harm to human health and the environment.

This year's TRI national analysis report includes new analyses and interactive maps for each U.S. metropolitan and micropolitan area, new information about industry efforts to reduce pollution through green chemistry and other pollution prevention practices, and a new feature about chemical use in consumer products.

More information on the 2012 TRI analysis, including metropolitan and micropolitan areas is available at EPA 2012 TRI National Analysis.