EPA has released its 2019 TRI National Analysis, which shows that between 2018 and 2019, releases of TRI chemicals at industrial and federal facilities decreased by 9 percent.
For the first time in five years, facilities reported an increased number of new source reduction activities that aim to reduce or eliminate the amount of chemical-containing waste facilities create. Facilities also avoided releasing 89 percent of the chemical-containing waste they created and managed during 2019 into the environment by using preferred practices such as recycling, treatment, and energy recovery.
Other 2019 highlights include:
- Air releases decreased by 23 million pounds from 2018 to 2019, continuing a long-term trend
- Facilities reported initiating 3,285 new source reduction activities to prevent or reduce the creation of TRI chemical waste
- For the first time, data on nonylphenol ethoxylates, which are surfactants used in adhesives, dispersants, cleaners, paints, coatings, and other products, are reported
The report also features interactive charts, graphs, and maps for exploring the data at a county, city, state, and ZIP-code level.