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Toxic release Inventory ( TRI) . Becca Billings. TRI purpose. By law, all facilities as well as federal industries are required annually to submit a toxic waste release form that shows how much chemical waste has been disposed of into the environment. Land Water Air

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tri purpose
TRI purpose
  • By law, all facilities as well as federal industries are required annually to submit a toxic waste release form that shows how much chemical waste has been disposed of into the environment.
    • Land
    • Water
    • Air
    • Underground injection release
  • Also tracks the facilities management of the waste through ways of recycling, treatment, and quantities of toxic chemicals sent to other facilities for further management.
  • 10+ full-time employees; process 25,000lbs total; or use 10,000+lbs of 1 TRI chemical
  • Submit forms by July 1steach year
  • 650+ chemicals in TRI system; doesn’t cover all chemicals/companies.
brief history
brief history
  • On December 4, 1984 (Bhopal, India): toxic methyl isocyanate gas escaped a chemical plant. Killed thousands and today there are survivors with permanent disabilities because of exposure. The worst industrial disaster in history.
  • In 1985 (West Virginia): Another serious chemical release at a similar plant.
  • (EPCRA) was established In 1986 by Congress known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
    • Support and promote emergency planning; provides public with information toxic chemicals releases in their area.
    • TRI was created under Section 313 of EPCRA.
types of records
Types of records
  • Data of toxic chemicals emitted into air, land, water, underground
  • Waste management transfers
  • http://www.rtknet.org/db/tri
who provides maintains tri data records
WHO Provides & Maintains TRI data records?
  • Established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA)
  • Maintained by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Data are from annual reports made by U.S. industrial and federal facilities
  • TRI Data from chemical reduction, recycling information and waste transfer information is included because of Pollution Prevention Act of 1990.
  • Access TRI though:
    • Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP)
    • Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS)
    • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    • TOXNET athttp://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov
who provides access to tri
Who provides access to TRI?)
  • PUBLIC DATABASE (BECAUSE OF):
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP)
  • Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • TOXNET
how is database indexed
How is database indexed?
  • Searches on toxic waste data by:
    • Year (1987-PRESENT)
    • Institution/facility/company
    • City, State
    • County/Zip Code
    • Chemical name/Substance name/name fragment
    • Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS/RN)
    • Chemical releases in pounds (>15,000)
    • Individual releases added together for a total amount
    • Short form (form A) or Long form (Form R); or both
    • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) or Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC)
      • NAICS now used as of 2006
  • What can be done with results:
    • Printed, download, or saved
    • Displayed in by relevancy; sort by substance, facility, location
    • View maps of the US to visually see data
who would find this specialized database useful
Who would find this specialized database useful?
  • Everyone!
  • Public
  • All contributing facilities & industries
  • Government
  • Environmental organizations
  • Legal individuals
  • It’s a database that has information on waste management and hazardous chemical materials. Pollution affects our health as well as the planets.
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