EPA released a state-by-state analysis of the 1998 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), an addendum to the report released on May 11.
This report, "1998 Toxics Release Inventory State Fact Sheets," provides a more thorough analysis of each state''s data for the manufacturing industries, the original industries monitored over 11 years, and seven newly included major industrial sectors.
These seven new industry sectors are electric utilities, coal mining, metal mining, chemical wholesalers, petroleum bulk plants and terminals, solvent recovery and hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal.
The TRI program requires companies to report quantities of toxic chemicals that their facilities annually release into the air, water and land.
EPA provides this type of yearly analysis as a snapshot of each state''s release.
Many states implement pollution prevention or toxics use reduction laws using TRI data as the framework for environmental accounting.
Another 1998 TRI addendum report dealing with the details on a national level, "Toxics Release Inventory Public Data Release," will be released in a few weeks.
The state fact sheets are now available at www.epa.gov/tri/tri98.
by Virginia Sutcliffe