EPA Analysis Shows Decrease in 2010 Toxic Chemical Releases in Rhode Island

Release Date: 01/05/2012 Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 5, 2012) – EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2010. TRI reporting provides Americans with vital information about their communities by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. 

In Rhode Island, the reporting data show that overall releases of pollutants to the environment have decreased since the previous reporting year (2009). TRI information is a key part of EPA’s efforts to provide greater access to environmental information and get information to the public as quickly as possible. TRI was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 major ways that EPA has strengthened America.

During 2010, the latest year for which data are available, approximately 20.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states, a reduction of about 287,337 pounds. In Rhode Island, 96 facilities reported in 2010 approximately 375,746 pounds (an decrease of 123,853 pounds). Approximately 52 percent of releases in Rhode Island were emitted to the air during 2010. Across the U.S. in 2010, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment, a 16 percent increase from 2009. 

To read the full release visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/6d651d23f5a91b768525735900400c28/a93e78990e333e078525797c007d409d!OpenDocument

Additional links:

TRI in Rhode Island Fact Sheet (epa.gov/triexplorer/statefactsheet.htm) National information on TRI (epa.gov/tri/)

For more information, contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 140 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

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