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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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Toxic release inventory tri

Toxic release Inventory (TRI)

Becca Billings


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.


Tri search

TRI Search


Questions comments that s all folks

Questions? Comments …That’s all, folks!


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