A Right to Know, A Basis to Act: Celebrating 30 Years of Informing Communities about Toxic Chemicals
Happy anniversary to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program! October 17 marks the 30th anniversary of the TRI Program. TRI collects data from industrial facilities about which toxic chemicals they're using, how much of each is released into the environment, and what they're doing to prevent pollution.
Making this information publicly available allows communities to make more informed decisions about their health and the environment and creates a strong incentive for companies to reduce pollution.
The TRI Program has made such a positive difference in fulfilling EPA's mission over the past 30 years.
- Nationwide, air emissions of TRI chemicals have decreased 55% between 2003 and 2014.
- Between 2002 and 2014, the quantities of toxic chemical released into the environment annually by pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities declined by 58%.
- Between 2004 and 2014, the quantities of toxic chemical released into the environment annually by automotive manufacturing facilities declined by 56% despite increases in production.
Help us spread the word about the TRI Program and its amazing accomplishments:
- Read Assistant Administrator Jim Jones' blog: Celebrating 30 Years of Citizens' Right-to-Know
- Retweet our Twitter message: We're celebrating #TRIat30 - 30 yrs of empowering people w/ right to know about chems in their communities.
- Share our Facebook post
- Watch our TRI in action videos:- The Southeast Como Improvement Association, a Minneapolis-based community group, used TRI data to initiate "good neighbor agreements" with three facilities, resulting in more than 20 million of pounds of reductions in chemical releases over a 10-year period.- Nordic Ware, a bakeware manufacturer in Minneapolis, used TRI data to reduce its use of several TRI chemicals and decrease its air emissions of Styrene by more than 50% between 2010 and 2015.- Professor Curt Gervich, one of the partners from EPA's TRI University Challenge, used TRI data to design a role playing game for his students where they learn how to solve real world environmental problems.
- Check out our TRI anniversary webpage for more reasons to celebrate 30 years of your right to know.
- Follow and use the hashtag #TRIat30 on Twitter, and check out upcoming posts on EPA's main Twitter and Facebook accounts.
- Attend the 2016 TRI National Training Conference this week!
TRI: It's Your Right to Know
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