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EPA Releases Polluters Report


Thursday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made available the most recent reporting on the amount of toxic chemicals released into the U.S. environment. According to the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), the latest data, from the calendar year 2007, show an overall decrease of five percent in releases since 2006. Releases to air decreased seven percent and releases to water decreased five percent.

The report shows increases in the releases of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals like lead, dioxin, mercury and PCBs. Overall PBTs releases increased one percent. The increases were primarily due to a handful of facilities, and most of the releases reported were not to the air or water.

Total disposal or other releases of mercury increased 38 percent, but air emissions of mercury were down three percent. The majority of mercury releases were reported by the mining industry.

PCB releases went up 40 percent. EPA banned the production of PCBs in the U.S. in 1979 and disposing of it safely to permitted, hazardous waste landfills is the final important step in removing it from use. Dioxin releases or disposal increased 11 percent. Lead releases increased by one percent. The majority of lead released was by the mining industry to land.

This year’s annual publication of the data includes 650 chemicals from 22,000 facilities. TRI provides the American public with vital information on chemical releases to communities and is an important tool industry can use to gauge its progress in reducing pollution. TRI reporting includes toxics managed in landfills and underground injection wells as well as those released into water and the air.

Want to see data on the bad guys in an individual state?

For example, here in Texas, facilities reported 222,562,560 pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment in 2007, with 88 percent, or 195,526,139 pounds, released on site. On-site releases include chemicals released to the air, water and land at the facility. Chemicals that are transferred to other sites for disposal are not included in the on-site total.

Recently, TRI reporting changed with the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 11. The new law returns TRI to the more comprehensive reporting requirements that were in effect before December 21, 2006.

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  1. Says:

    EPA Releases Polluters Report | Forced Green…

    Thursday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made available the most recent reporting on the amount of toxic chemicals released into the U.S. environment….

  2. Diane Scott Says:

    Holy cow that’s a bunch of statistics! Now I did click through to Nevada but the numbers were so staggering I’m not sure if it’s “good” or “bad.” More than 10 to 1 they are nasty. We’re always on the bottom of the pile… Sigh!

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  3. wilson Says:

    It still isn’t enough and we still have many things to do to decrease the amount of toxic release, Linda.

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  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … I am sorry to say its bad not only for Nevada but for all over. 🙁

  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … I agree! It is too much to absorb but it has to be done!

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  7. Linda Says:

    Hi ms monster …. let me check it out!

  8. Maureen Says:

    It’s good to see decreases, but there is so much that needs to be done. I find it hard to believe statistics sometimes, they are so easy to manipulate. However, I do hope the decreases are real and the trends are changing–

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  9. Karen Says:

    It looks good to see some improvement. I hope it continues.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Maureen … I believe you will see even more changes as the year ends. Too many people besides the EPA are taking notice! 🙂

  11. Linda Says:

    hi Karen … It will continue so just watch!

  12. Used Car Dealers Says:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States charged to regulate chemicals and protect human health by safeguarding the natural environment: air, water, and land. The regulation of all these are actively done so far, and it helps in keeping the US healthy.

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