Wednesday, July 28, 2010

EPA Advances Material Disclosure by Publishing Latest Industrial and Toxics Release Data

EPA announced today that Toxics Release Inventory data will be made available the same month it is collected.

In keeping with its drive toward material disclosure regulation and management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today (July 27, 2010) it has published the latest data on industrial releases and transfers of toxic chemicals in the United States between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009.  EPA is making the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data available within weeks of the reporting deadline.

For more on material disclosure in at the chemical and substance level, see this issue of Chem.Info magazine, but it was in the print version so you have to view it in the online-magazine format here - on page 8.  There, the in-depth article lists the Top 20 Best Practices for managing material disclosure and declaration.
Data Unlocked

The information made available today by EPA includes environmental release and transfer data on nearly 650 chemicals and chemical categories reported to EPA by more than 21,000 industrial and other facilities.  Examples of industries that report to TRI include general manufacturing, metal mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste treatment facilities.  Deadline for reporting data is July 1st of each year.

EPA and disclosure exposure

“It is vital that every community has access to information that impacts their health and environment,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson in a statement today (July 28, 2010). “The data we’re releasing provides critical insights about pollution and polluters in the places where people live, work, play and learn.  Making that knowledge available is the first step in empowering communities to protect the environment in their areas.”

The preliminary data-set allows communities to find out about releases and transfers of chemicals at the local level. EPA says it will continue to process paper submissions, late submissions, and to resolve issues with the electronic submissions.

For more information on the data: