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E-M:/ New TRI/toxics data out...Lafarge is top Michigan toxics emitter



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Enviro-Mich message from asagady@sojourn.com
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Below is a news release from U.S. EPA Region V concerning
the release of the new Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data.

Michigan's own hazardous waste burning clown act....the 
French-owned Lafarge Corporation...who seem to be 
constantly in violation of environmental regulations in
the burning of hazardous waste up in Alpena... are the 
number one toxic air pollution emitter according to 
EPA Region V....from excessive hydrochloric
acid emissions.

Media folks will want to give John Pruden from the
Huron Environmental Activist League (517 471 2747)
for an earful on Lafarge's waste-burning practices up
in Alpena....

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U.S. EPA Region 5 News Release" 
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	Technical Contact:	Thelma Codina
	(312)	886-6219

	Media Contact:	Phillippa Cannon
	(312)	353-6218

For Immediate Release: May 20, 1997

No. 97-OPA110

EPA ANNOUNCES TOXIC RELEASE INFORMATION FOR MIDWEST 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced 
the latest toxic release inventory (TRI) data for
calendar year 1995.  Three states in the Midwest -- Ohio, 
Illinois, and Indiana -- ranked in the top 10 for total toxic
releases.  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin 
had lower total toxic releases in 1995 than in 1994.

TRI is a database that provides information on toxic chemicals 
being legally released from manufacturing facilities
into air, water, and land, or injected into underground disposal wells.  

Congress established TRI under the
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 
1986.  Facilities report their TRI information annually to
EPA and their States.

In 1995, facilities were required to report releases of 286 
additional chemicals that have shown chronic health
hazards or environmental effects.  One of the newly 
added pollutants -- nitrate compounds -- alone was
responsible for nearly 65 percent of all reported water pollution.  
Primary sources of nitrate compounds are
manufacturers of fertilizers.

Here is a summary of TRI data for the six states in EPA Region 5:

Illinois

In 1995, releases totalled 67,396,357 lb compared with 
71,706,953 lb reported in 1994.  There has been a reduction
of 37 percent in chemical releases in the State since 1988 
when facilities were first required to report this
information.  The top emitter in the State was Northwestern Steel 
and Wire Co., Sterling.

Indiana 

In 1995, releases totalled 62,656,884 lb compared with 
65,018,808 lb reported in 1994.  There has been a reduction
of 61 percent in chemical releases in the State since 1988.  
Indiana's top emitter was U.S. Steel, Gary.

Michigan

In 1995, releases totalled 54,148,328 lb compared with 
75,923,919 lb reported in 1994.  There has been a reduction
of 43 percent in chemical releases in the State since 1988.  
Michigan's top emitter was Lafarge Corp., Alpena.

Minnesota

In 1995, releases totalled 16,770,614 lb compared with 
19,588,770 lb reported in 1994.  There has been a reduction
of 69 percent in chemical releases in the State since 1988.  
Minnesota's top emitter was 3M Tape Manufacturing,
Hutchinson.

Ohio

In 1995, releases totalled 94,077,919 lb compared with 
90,805,502 lb reported in 1994.  There has been a reduction
of 40 percent in chemical releases in the State since 1988.  
Ohio's top emitter was Elkem Metals Co., Marietta.

Wisconsin
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In 1995, releases totalled 24,266,128 lb compared with 29,095,397 
lb reported in 1994.  There has been a reduction
of 50 percent in chemical releases in the State since 1988.  
Wisconsin's top emitter was CPI, Wisconsin Rapids.   

The total quantity of toxic releases reported by States does not 
necessarily mean that risks from toxic chemicals
are highest in these States.  Release totals, for example, do 
not take into account the size or population of a State.  
The risk from toxic releases depends on a variety of factors, 
including the type of release, the toxicity of the
chemical, and the proximity of populations.

Information on TRI is available in public libraries or online at        
http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/tri, or by calling the TRI
hotline at 1-800-424-9346.
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