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Toxic Chemicals: Where, & How Much, Were Released in The U.S.?

BLR TOXIC CHEMICALS WHERE, & HOW MUCH, WERE RELEASED IN THE U.S.? Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), covered facilities must report their toxic chemical releases to EPA each year. Here's a quick look at the most recent data. 3,632,142,753 pounds of toxic chemicals were disposed/ released in 2012 BREAKDOWN BY INDUSTRY Food/Beverage/ Tobacco (4%) Metal Mining (40%) Paper (5%) Electrical Utilities (14%) Hazardous Waste Management (4%) Primary Metals (10%) Chemicals (15%) All Others (8%) HIGHEST LEVEL OF RELEASES (by state) Wantmore? Download Toxic Releases in Your State Special Report: 2 4 Alaska Nevada Texas Utah Louisiana Fast fact: 5 TOP CHEMICALS RELEASED ALASKA accounted for nearly 1/4 of toxic relegses in 2012 Zinc compounds Lead compounds Nitrate compounds Barium compounds Manganese compounds 200 400 600 800 (millions of Ibs) STATES WHERE RELEASES WENT UP But overal.. NATIONAL TRI data saw a 12% (2012 data compared to 2011 data) Follow us on Twitter: @BLR_EHS Join the conversation! REDUCING POLLUTION Disposal/releases should be a last resort! Disposal or other releases Less preferable WASTE MANAGEMENT HIERARCHY Treatment Pollution should be prevented or reduced at the Source when ever feasible-as shown in this hierarchy. Energy Recovery Recycling Source reduction Mcre preferable Sources:, BLR Don't miss out! Get your copy of Toxic Releases in Your State. Bonus! Simplify Compliance Drive Success DOWNLOAD

Toxic Chemicals: Where, & How Much, Were Released in The U.S.?

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This infographic shows highlights from the most recent Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data. The data is available to the public on the EPA's website. Click on the infographic to learn more.




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