ChemicalRight2Know Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:16:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Watch 2014 National Training Conference Online Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:16:17 +0000 During the May 7-9, 2014 National Training Conference on Toxics Release Inventory and Environmental Conditions, online participation in the general sessions via webinar will be offered. To register for the individual general sessions, please visit General Sessions Webinar Registration page.

New information is posted on the conference website daily so check back in often to find the updated agenda, speaker bios, lists of posters and exhibits, dining and attractions, soon-to-be-posted presentation abstracts and more!

Report on State Toxic Release Inventory Programs Available Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:02:57 +0000 “Status of State Toxic Release Inventory Programs” is now available on ECOS’ website. The report looks at the different structure of state programs especially with respect to program coordinators and fees.

EPA Announces 2014 TRI National Training Conference- Call for Abstracts Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:51:19 +0000 EPA announces the Call for Abstracts for the 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities.  The conference will be held May 7-9, 2014 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia and include sessions on pollution prevention, environmental justice, and environmental public health, along with TRI and other sources of environmental information.

Please visit EPA’s conference website for the Call for Abstracts information.  Submit your proposal for consideration by December 13, 2013.

EPA Releases “Toxics Release Inventory In Action”- What you can do with TRI data. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:33:56 +0000 Have you been wondering what you can do with TRI data?

Citizens, community groups, researchers, national environmental organizations, facility managers, and government agencies at all levels rely on TRI as a powerful tool for environmental protection.

EPA’s new report, “TRI in Action,” includes many examples of how people have been putting the Toxics Release Inventory to work:

  •     The Sierra Club of Illinois used TRI data in a campaign to block the permitting of a hazardous waste landfill in Peoria, Illinois.
  •     The Environmental Integrity Project used TRI data to identify the top emitters of arsenic to the Emory River in Tennessee, and to campaign for heightened EPA regulation of coal ash ponds.
  •     Ford Motor Company uses TRI data to track its progress toward improved environmental performance as a part of its corporate sustainability initiative.
  •     A study by the International Society for Autism Research investigated the relationship between the rates of autism in young children and their proximity to TRI reporting facilities.

Check out the full report at the following link:

EPA TRI In Action Cover


Save-the-Date: May 7-9, 2014 National TRI Training Conference Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:28:45 +0000 Mark your calendars for May 7-9, 2014 for the next National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities Conference!  

The conference will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia and include sessions on pollution prevention, environmental justice, and environmental public health, along with TRI and other sources of environmental information.  

As in past years, the first and second days of the conference (May 7th and 8th) will be open to all stakeholders and the general public. The third day, May 9th, will be a half-day working session for US EPA, states, and tribes.  

Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for the Call for Abstracts for oral presentations, posters and exhibits announcement and the launch of the conference page on the TRI website.  

For more information, contact Mary Williams at or Christine Arcari at or visit

Free EPA TRI Webinar- “Upgraded Water Pollution Info Tool” Sept 12, 2-3pm ET Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:47:25 +0000 Join EPA for  their webinar–“Upgraded Water Pollution Info Tool” on September 12th from 2:00–3:00 pm Eastern time.

Did you know that EPA has created a way to find information about who is discharging and what is being released into local waterways?  It’s true!  The DMR-TRI Pollutant Loading Tool uses discharge monitoring report (DMR) data submitted under the Clean Water Act and pollutant discharges reported under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program to allow users to find the “who”, “what” and “where” for water pollutant data.  The tool provides a flexible and easy approach towards searching, displaying, and downloading information that you can use.

To find out more, join EPA’s Carey Johnston on September 12, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern time for a webinar on this topic.  Carey will provide an overview of the Loading Tool and then delve into the new enhancements that will make it easier to compare and contrast similar wastewater pollutant releases reported through the DMR and TRI programs for industrial facilities.  These new enhancements were developed to provide more insights into wastewater pollution such as identifying the receiving waterbody impairment status; whether discharged pollutants contribute to a waterbody impairment; and whether the discharge is located in a county with Endangered Species Act listed aquatic species.

To register go to:


Toxic Trends Map Appliction Webinar Video Recording Now Available Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:34:42 +0000 The recording of the webinar is now available at the following link:

Note:  The file is large so it may take a few moments to load.

To access Toxic Trends please click this link:


Presentation for Toxic Trends Map Application Webinar Today at 1pm Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:59:55 +0000 Please click the following link for Dr. Troy D. Abel’s presentation:  Troy D. Abel_Toxic_Trends_Mapper_Presentation


Toxic Trends Map Application Webinar Agenda and Speaker Bios Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:41:50 +0000 TRI Summer 2013 Webinar

Brought to you by ECOS in collaboration with EPA

Exploring the Toxic Trends Map Application

August 28, 2013 from 1-2:00 pm (ET)



  • Overview and Introductions—–Bryan Shipley, TRI Project Manager, ECOS
  • Webinar Logistics and Introductions—–Jen Major, Senior Associate, Ross Strategic
  • Background on the Toxic Trends Map Application—–Troy D. Abel, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, WWU-Huxley
  • Using the Toxic Trends Map Application—–Jacob Lesser, Graduate Student, WWU-Huxley
  • Wrap-up and Feedback—–Jen Major, Senior Associate, Ross Strategic


Presenter Bios

Dr. Troy D. Abel is an affiliated faculty member in the Huxley Spatial Institute and an Associate Professor of Environmental Policy. Dr. Abel is the co-author of the award winning book Coming Clean: Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance about the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), pollution risk trends among facilities and states, and the environmental performance dilemma. The book was selected for the American Political Science Association’s Lynton Caldwell Prize for the best book on environmental politics and policy. He also has authored or co-authored 15 articles, nine technical reports and working papers, and 40 conference papers or posters. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, Seattle Times,, Green Bay Press-Gazette, and the Bellingham Herald. Dr. Abel has been the lead investigator or co-investigator on five extramural grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) totaling more than six hundred thousand dollars. He was recently appointed to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board and has been an invited speaker for the Environmental Council of the States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, and the National Science Foundation.

Jacob Lesser served as the Web-Map Developer for the Toxic Trends project.  He is seeking an M.S. in Geography at Western Washington University with an appointment as an affiliated staff member with the Huxley Spatial Institute. He is the lead author of Coming Clean and Green: A Geospatial Mapping Tool for Visualizing Industrial Environmental Performance and developer for a beta version of the TRI Performance Explorer, an online web-map site that displays RSEI data from 2000 to 2007. His web-map application provides the starting point for the proposed project and was developed with support from Washington State University—Vancouver and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment.


]]> Still Time to Register- Free Toxic Trends Map Application Webinar Tomorrow 1pm ET Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:28:14 +0000 Exploring the Toxic Trends Map Application Webinar- August 28th 1pm-2pm ET

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) is pleased to announce this webinar under its collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The webinar will highlight the work conducted by our grant recipient, The Huxley Spatial Institute at Western Washington University (WWU).

The Toxic Trends application is an invaluable public tool that allows users to access important industrial chemical information from any internet connected device.  The map’s unique visual mapping layout provides an easier method for the public to learn about toxic chemical information and the associated risks within their community.

The Toxic Trends map application visually represents industrial air pollution information to citizens across the United States by mapping the relative risk from air pollution that industrial facilities pose to the human health of their communities and how those risks might change over time. The application utilizes facility air data from the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) database coupled with risk values based on modeled output data from the EPA’s Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) model for assessing TRI data.

To find out more, join the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and The Huxley Spatial Institute at Western Washington University for the free webinar:

Exploring the Toxic Trends Map Application on August 28, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET.

The application is available for use at

This webinar will provide an overview of the Toxic Trends map application.  Attendees will hear information on project background, access to the application, information on the data utilized, sample searches, and everyday uses of the application.

Featured speakers will include:

  •      Troy Abel, Western Washington University associate professor of Environmental Studies
  •      Jacob Lesser, M.S. candidate at Western Washington University

Webinar Registration
To register for the webinar go to:

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Bryan Shipley, ECOS, along with the option to add the webinar information to your Outlook® Calendar.

Webinar Contacts
Bryan Shipley, ECOS at