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Public Data Release of 2007 TRI data

Mar 09 2009 2008 Conference, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Public Data Release of 2007 TRI data

What does the TRI data show for 2007?

  • Persistent bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals accounted for 507 million pounds or 12% of reported on- and off-site disposal or other releases in 2007.
  • Of that total, lead and lead compounds accounted for 98% or 496 million pounds of PBT’s.
  • Total disposal or other releases for mercury and mercury compounds were 6.9 million pounds and, for dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, they were 144,729 grams (319 pounds).

There were 179 known or suspected carcinogens on the TRI list in 2007. They accounted for 835 million pounds or 20% of reported on- and off-site disposal or other releases in 2007. Of that total for carcinogens, lead and lead compounds accounted for 59% and arsenic and arsenic compounds for 12%. Three-quarters (625 million pounds or 75%) were disposed of or otherwise released to land on-site. Styrene air emissions were 41% of the total 91 million pounds of air emissions of carcinogens.

All federal facilities are required to report to the TRI Program. For 2007, a total of 364 federal facilities submitted 1,135 forms and reported 95 million pounds of total on- and off-site disposal or other releases.

For 2007, 21,996 facilities, including federal facilities, reported to the TRI Program. They reported 4.1 billion pounds of on-site and off-site disposal or other releases of the almost 650 toxic chemicals, as shown in Table 1. Almost 87% of the total was disposed of or otherwise released on-site; 13% was sent off-site for disposal. Metal mining facilities reported 28% and electric utilities reported 25% of the total in 2007.