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The Environment & You: Who Has Released What into the Environment. Helena VonVille, MLS Library Directory University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston. Harris County Public Library. Who has released what into your community?. Information from the Toxics Release Inventory

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The environment you who has released what into the environment

The Environment & You: Who Has Released What into the Environment

Helena VonVille, MLS

Library Directory

University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston

Harris County Public Library


Who has released what into your community

Who has released what into your community?

  • Information from the Toxics Release Inventory

    • 1987 to 2002

    • Sources of data

      • TOXMAP

        • Provides information on who has released what as well as links to a database showing health effects

      • TRI Explorer

        • Only generate TRI reports by industry, trends, for specific chemicals or by facility; no health information available

  • Information from the National Response Center

    • Online reports from 1990 to present

    • Reports all accidental releases into the environment

  • Air Emission Event Report

Return to Workshop Agenda


What is toxmap

Take me to TOXMAP

What is TOXMAP?

  • Produced by the National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services

  • Mapped guide to 48,205 facilities that reported to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program between 1987 and 2002

  • Includes 3,683 facilities in Texas

    • 883 facilities within 100 mile radius of Houston

  • Chemicals that must be reported are found at the EPA


What is toxmap cont d

Take me to TOXMAP

What is TOXMAP? (cont’d)

  • Links to Hazardous Substances Data Bank

    • Includes health effects such as:

      • Causes cancer (carcinogenicity)

      • Skin, eye, and respiratory irritations

      • People at special risk

        • Children, elderly, pregnant women, etc.

  • Links to Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Reports (ATSDR)


How to use toxmap

Take me to TOXMAP

How to use TOXMAP

Click on the map to recenter it. For example, click on Houston to view more of east Texas.


Zooming in out

Take me to TOXMAP

Zooming In & Out

This is after recentering the map.

Click on + to zoom in. You will need to do so a few times.


Recentering your map

Take me to TOXMAP

Recentering your map

Now that we’ve zoomed in, we need to recenter by clicking just to the east of Houston, south of I-10.


Identify facilities on your map

Take me to TOXMAP

Identify Facilities on Your Map

Click on Identify facilities on this map to see the names of the facilities shown in blue on the map.

Hint: You can use the ZOOM bars to move in more quickly. However, don’t zoom too quickly as you may not end up where you want on the map.


View summary reports

Take me to TOXMAP

View Summary Reports

The top 10 facilities by release amount are identified on the map. A list appears to the right with links to summary reports for each facility.

Click on the facility name to view the summary report.


Elements of a summary report

Take me to TOXMAP

Elements of a Summary Report

The summary report provides a list of the top 5 chemicals by amount released (in pounds) for all years combined from 1987 to 2002.

To view each TRI report by year and chemical, click on All chemicals reported by this facility.


Linking to tri reports

Take me to TOXMAP

Linking to TRI Reports

The most current reports (2002) will appear first; click on the company name above the chemical you want to view.


Tri report for mercury compounds

Take me to TOXMAP

TRI Report for Mercury Compounds

This report shows amount released and where it is released– air, water, land/landfills.

When finished with this report, you can also return to the previous page by clicking on Search Results at the top.

To return to TOXMAP, simply close the report window.


Look up health effects from toxmap

Take me to TOXMAP

Look up Health Effects from TOXMAP

Back at TOXMAP, click on the releases tab to do a search on the chemical you want to investigate.


Search toxmap by chemical name

Type in the chemical name in the search box and click on Continue.

Take me to TOXMAP

Search TOXMAP by Chemical Name

mercury compounds


Search hsdb after chemical search

Take me to TOXMAP

Search HSDB After Chemical Search

Click on Human Health Effects to do a search in the Hazardous Substances Data Bank.

This takes us back to TOXMAP, but now we see only those facilities that released mercury compounds in the area displayed by our map.


Hsdb search results

Take me to TOXMAP

HSDB Search Results

A list of various types of mercury compounds is returned, with the chemical we want at the top of the list.

See “The Environment & You: Health Effects” for more information on the HSDB.


Atsdr reports

Take me to TOXMAP

ATSDR Reports

Back at the Chemical Reference Info menu, click on ToxFAQs & Public Health Statements


Atsdr reports1

Return to Releases Menu

Take me to TOXMAP

ATSDR Reports

ToxFAQs are briefer than the Public Health Statements. Both are written in a style that is easier to understand than the HSDB.

See “The Environment & You: Health Effects” for more information on both of the ATSDR reports.


What is the tri explorer

Take me to TRI Explorer

What is the TRI Explorer?

  • From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Provides Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data from 1987 to 2002

  • Interactive site which allows you to create:

    • Chemical Reports

    • Facility Reports

    • Federal Facility Reports

    • Trends Reports

    • Geography Reports

    • Industry Reports


Tri explorer home page

This example will demonstrate how to create a Chemicalreport.

Take me to TRI Explorer

TRI Explorer Home Page


Setting up your report

Take me to TRI Explorer

Setting Up Your Report

Under Geographic Location, chooseSelect a state or a county

Select Texas, thenclick theSelect from List of Countiesbutton. The actual county selection is the last step.


Setting up your report cont d

Take me to TRI Explorer

Setting Up Your Report (cont’d)

Select the type of chemicals you want to view. In this case, we are choosing Select a chemical group (e.g. HAPs). HAP stands for Hazardous Air Pollutants


Setting up your report cont d1

Setting Up Your Report (cont’d)

Select theChemical Released again. Now we will select all Hazardous air pollutants.


Setting up your report cont d2

Take me to TRI Explorer

Setting Up Your Report (cont’d)

UnderIndustry, chooseSelect from list of SIC Code(s).


Setting up your report cont d3

Take me to TRI Explorer

Setting Up Your Report (cont’d)

In the window that pops up, select the industries for which you would like reports. In this example, Chemicals and Petroleum are the two industries selected.


Setting up your report cont d4

Take me to TRI Explorer

Setting Up Your Report (cont’d)

Now select a county. Why wait? If you do it too soon, you lose your county when you make your other selections.

Note: You can change the Year of Data; this example will use 2002.

Click on Generate Report.


The environment you who has released what into the environment

Take me to TRI Explorer

Report Results

The line above the table describes the contents of the report: All TRI on-site and off-site HAP reported releases in pounds for petroleum and chemical companies in Harris County.


The environment you who has released what into the environment

Report Results (cont’d)

The top 2 rows of the table show where the pollutants were released– on-site or off-site and into wells, landfills, the air, surface water, etc.


The environment you who has released what into the environment

Report Results (cont’d)

Need a definition of any of the release locations?

Click on any of the items in the 2nd line to get a definition of the term.


Report results cont d

Take me to TRI Explorer

Report Results (cont’d)

The up/down triangles sort that column. The triangle in red indicates which column is sorted and if the sort is ascending or descending. The default is alphabetical by chemical name, but you can sort by amount released in any of the columns.


Additional report information

Take me to TRI Explorer

Additional Report Information

Scroll down to Download the data generated in this report to a spreadsheet.

Below that, the Note field provides definitions and other important information.


Other report types

Take me to TRI Explorer

Other Report Types

Changing the type of report will also change some of the variables (geographic location, chemical released, industry, etc.) from which you can choose. However, it is the same basic process to create the reports. You may have to play with the TRI Explorer some to get exactly what you need, but it is well worth the effort!

Another feature is the ability to create a map. This will look different from the TOXMAP site, but by using it in combination with TOXMAP you can create a very powerful statement!


Tri dynamic maps

Take me to TRI Explorer

TRI Dynamic Maps

Just as with the reports, select the variables you want. In this case, the map will show releases of PBT (Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic) Chemicals in the United States by County for AllIndustries for 2002.


Pbt s in the united states

Take me to TRI Explorer

PBT’s in the United States

Click on Texas to zoom in.

Texas Gulf Coast


Pbt s in texas

PBT’s in Texas

Right click on a county to view a list of reports that are available.


The environment you who has released what into the environment

PBT’s in Texas

Amazingly enough, San Patricio County (SE TX) has the highest amount of PBTs released in Texas, almost all in lead compounds from one company.


Pbt report for harris county

Return to Releases Menu

PBT Report for Harris County

Look familiar?

Selecting TRI Chemicals brings us back to the TRI Explorer. This list has been reordered so the chemical with the largest release (lead) is shown first.


What is the national response center

What is the National Response Center?

  • Serves as the only national point of contact for reporting all types of environmental discharges

    • Biological

    • Chemical

    • Oil

    • Radiological

  • Query system covers accidental releases, not those allowable by law

Take me

to the NRC


Setting up your report1

between 03/01/2005 04/17/2005

Setting up your report

To search by a date range, enter:

between mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy

between 11/01/2004 12/01/2004

between 05/01/2003 07/31/2003

brazoria

While you do not have to fill in all of the blanks, select at least a County; include the state as well.

TX

Take me

to the NRC


Setting up your report cont d5

Setting up your report (cont’d)

You can also sort the report. In this case, the report is in order by incident date.

Take me

to the NRC


Search results

Search Results

Each report includes the date of the release, the address of the occurrence, county & city, the company involved (if known), what was affected (water, air, etc.), and the chemical released.

To view an individual report, click on the View link.


Report

Return to Releases Menu

Report

This report shows that 20 pounds of benzene were released on March 23, 2005 into the air. This is one of several reports from the BP plant explosion in Texas City.


What is the air remission event report

Take me to Air Emission Event Report Database

What is the Air Remission Event Report?

  • From the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission

  • Query system covers accidental releases to the air in Texas, not those allowable by law

  • Data is available from 1/31/2003 to present


Search the air emission event database

Take me to Air Emission Event Report Database

Search the Air Emission Event Database

You can search for reports by specific customer, by regulated industry, or by data and county or region. The example here will demonstrate by date and county.


Search by date

Take me to Air Emission Event Report Database

Search by Date

Fill in the date where you want to begin searching. You can also specify a range of dates.

Enter the name of the county you would like to look up and click the radio button beside County.

Click Submit.


Search results1

Take me to Air Emission Event Report Database

Search Results

Click on the Tracking Number to view the detailed report.


Release report

Take me to Air Emission Event Report Database

Release Report

The report tells who

Where &

When

The cause (if known), action that was taken, and how emissions were estimated.


Release report1

Return to Releases Menu

Take me to Air Emission Event Report Database

Release Report

The report shows what was released.

And how much based on estimates.

It also indicates the permit limits for releases of that chemical.


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