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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- Region 2
New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin IslandS
290 Broadway - New York, New York  10007-1866
www.epa.gov/region2

Contact: Nina Habib Spencer,  (212) 637-3670

EPA Releases Most Recent Information on Toxic Releases into New York's
Environment

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

(#01030) New York, N.Y. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
today released the most recent
data available about the amount of toxic chemicals released into environment
of New York State by industrial and
other facilities.  Since 1988, the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) has been
released to the public by EPA every
year to help Americans know more about the chemicals present in their local
environment and track
environmental trends over time.  The data made available today are for
releases that took place in 1999.

Toxic releases in New York State of the over 600 chemicals and chemical
categories currently tracked by TRI
from a number of industries (including industries tracked for the first time
in 1998), were down from
approximately 68.65 million pounds in 1998 to 61.86 million pounds in 1999.
Of the 700 facilities in New
York State reporting toxic releases in 1999, the ten facilities with most
releases into the local environment are as
follows (in descending order):

1.  ZCA Mines in Gouverneur, St. Lawrence County
2.  Chemical Waste Management Chemical Services L.L.C. in Model City,
Niagara County
3.  Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, Monroe County
4.  Finch Pruyn & Co. in Glens Falls, Warren County
5.  Southern Energy - Lovett Generating Station in Tompkins Cove, Rockland
County
6.  NRG Dunkirk Steam Station in Dunkirk, Chautauqua County
7.  C.R. Huntley Steam Station in Tonawanda, Erie County
8.  Anheuser-Busch Inc. in Baldwinsville, Onondaga County
9.  Russel Station in Rochester, Monroe County
10.  Samuel Carlson Generating Station in Jamestown, Chautauqua County

Note to reporters: Attached please find EPA's national press release on the
1999 TRI data release.  For more
information about 1999 TRI data for New York State and local communities
within the state, please call
Nina Habib Spencer, (212) 637-3670.


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                                      FOR RELEASE:  April 11, 2001

               EPA ISSUES NEW TOXICS REPORT, IMPROVES MEANS OF REPORTING


Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818 / hester.luke@epa.gov

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its annual report on
the amount of toxic
releases discharged by facilities throughout the country.  The Toxics
Release Inventory (TRI) for 1999, the year
of the most recent data, shows continued good news with decreases in
emissions in several industries.  The
Agency also announced steps being taken to make it easier for industry to
meet reporting requirements.

     "This inventory is a powerful tool for helping to protect public health
and the environment.  I am pleased
at the significant progress being made as trends continue downward.  We
continue to have high quality
information to analyze and provide to citizens," said EPA Administrator
Christie Whitman.  "Americans are
reaping considerable benefits from the TRI program.  We're seeing constant
decreases of emissions to air, land
and water, especially in the manufacturing industries where there has been a
46 percent decrease over the 12-
year history of the program."

     To facilitate industry reporting requirements, EPA has introduced a new
computer software product,
"TRIAL", which provides reporting facilities easier access to all TRI
reporting regulations and guidance on
interpreting those regulations.  This system is available on EPA's TRI
website and is included in the software
package provided to companies for the reporting process required by Congress
under the Emergency Planning
and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA).

     The EPCRA law requires industrial facilities each year to publicly
report the quantities of toxic chemicals
released into the air, water and land.  EPA analyzes the submitted data.
Overall, the TRI includes information
on releases and other wastes for 644 toxic chemicals and chemical compounds.

     There has been a chemical emissions decrease of 46 percent in the
manufacturing industries, about 1.5
billion pounds over the 12-year history of the program.  The one-year
decrease from 1998 to 1999 was 2.5
percent.

     TRI data include chemicals released as waste into the air, water or
land, and other types of waste
management, such as the chemicals that are recycled, burned for energy
recovery or treated, both on-site and
off-site.

     Looking at all types of wastes, the total quantity increased by five
percent or almost one billion pounds
since facilities began reporting other waste management data in 1991.  The
one-year increase from 1998 to
1999 was 323 million pounds or 1.4 percent.

     Of those industries which began making TRI reports beginning for 1998
emissions, coal mining facilities
reported a 9.7 percent decrease in releases from 1998 to 1999 and petroleum
terminals and bulk storage
facilities a 5.5 percent decrease in releases.

     The largest increase in total releases from 1998 to 1999 was reported
by metal mining an increase of
416.3 million pounds or 11.7 percent.

     For chemical wholesale distributors, total releases from 1998 to 1999
increased by 28.3 percent
(435,000 pounds), waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities by 2.7
percent (7.5 million pounds) and
electric generating facilities by 2.2 percent (24.9 million pounds).

     The largest volume of chemical releases for all industries was reported
by facilities in Nevada, followed
by Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Texas, Ohio, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Indiana and
Illinois, in that order.

     The TRI program, adhering to the EPCRA law, began by covering the
manufacturing industry and
subsequently adding other industries.  TRI annual reports reflect releases
and other waste management
activities of chemicals, not exposures of the public to those chemicals.
The release estimates alone are not
sufficient to determine exposure or to calculate potential adverse effects
on human health and the environment.
The determination of potential risk depends upon many factors, including
toxicity, chemical fate after release,
release location, and population concentrations.

     The 1999 Toxics Release Inventory data and background information on
the TRI program are available
at: http://www.epa.gov/tri  A special research tool, TRI EXPLORER, is
available on a link from the web page.  It provides county-
by-county assessments of the data.  The public also can sort the data by
facility, chemical, geographic areas or
industry, and at the state or national level.  The availability of these
data make it possible to gauge a facility's
progress in reducing toxic chemical pollution.

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