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E-M:/ EPA issues latest information on toxic chemical releases in Michigan
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- Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:54:44 -0500
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US EPA Region V News Release below.....
CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EPA issues latest information on toxic chemical releases in
(Chicago, Ill. - March 19, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is
making available the most recent reporting on the amount of toxic
chemicals released in Michigan and the U.S.
Michigan-specific data on facilities and releases to air, land and water
can be found by accessing the state fact sheet at:
Additional information on releases on zip code, county and facility can
be found using the TRI explorer tool at:
According to the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory, the latest data, from
the calendar year 2007, show an overall decrease of five percent in
releases since 2006. Releases to air decreased seven percent and releases
to water decreased five percent.
"This information underscores the need for fundamental transparency
and provides a powerful tool for protecting public health and the
environment," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Serving
the public's right to know is the crucial first step in reducing toxic
chemicals in the places where we live, work, and raise children."
"I'm also pleased," Jackson added, "that Congress under
the leadership of Senator Lautenberg took action to restore the rigorous
reporting standards of this vital program."
The report shows increases in the releases of persistent,
bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals like lead, dioxin, mercury and PCBs.
Overall PBTs releases increased one percent. The increases were primarily
due to a handful of facilities, and most of the releases reported were
not to the air or water.
Total disposal or other releases of mercury increased 38 percent, but air
emissions of mercury were down three percent. The majority of mercury
releases were reported by the mining industry.
PCB releases went up 40 percent. EPA banned the production of PCBs in the
U.S. in 1979 and disposing of it safely to permitted, hazardous waste
landfills is the final important step in removing it from use. Dioxin
releases or disposal increased 11 percent. Lead releases increased by one
percent. The majority of lead released was by the mining industry to
This year's annual publication of the data includes 650 chemicals from
22,000 facilities. TRI provides the American public with vital
information on chemical releases to communities and is an important tool
industry can use to gauge its progress in reducing pollution. TRI
reporting includes toxics managed in landfills and underground injection
wells as well as those released into water and the air.
TRI tracks the chemicals and industrial sectors specified by the
Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 and its
amendments. The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 also mandates that TRI
reports include data on toxic chemicals treated on site, recycled, and
burned for energy recovery. Together, these laws require facilities in
certain industries to report annually on releases, disposal and other
waste management activities related to these chemicals.
Recently, TRI reporting changed with the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act,
signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 11. The new law
returns TRI to the more comprehensive reporting requirements that were in
effect before December 21, 2006.
More information on the TRI reporting change:
TRI 2007 Public Data Release:
TRI Explorer tool:
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