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TRI chemical reduction goals

Dear P2 Tech members:

The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance is currently preparing its biennial Pollution Prevention Evaluation Report.  One major aspect of this report is a discussion on whether to establish reduction goals for TRI chemical waste generated by Minnesota facilities.  I've pasted below an excerpt from our report that discusses this in some greater detail.

We would like to learn more about efforts made by other states in recent years to reduce TRI chemical releases and/or waste generation.  If your state has or is considering a program similar to this, please let me know where I can learn more details about it.


Mark Snyder
Pollution Prevention Specialist 
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance

"The OEA proposes that Minnesota embark on the second decade of TRI reporting and evaluation by setting statewide expectations for change. To bring a renewed focus to reducing the use, generation and release of toxic chemicals, the OEA is proposing that Minnesota establish a statewide chemical reduction challenge. This report outlines reduction priorities and strategies to help businesses meet this challenge. 

These strategies include an emphasis on reducing priority chemicals with leadership from the facilities that generate them in the largest quantities. Other strategies include a proposal for increased state promotion of environmentally preferable purchasing, and exploring new financial incentives to encourage toxicity reduction.

Recommendation #1:
*	The state should establish goals to: 1) Reduce releases of TRI chemicals, and 2) Reduce the quantities of TRI chemicals that are treated or burned for energy recovery. 

The state should set reduction goals for TRI chemicals that are currently being released to the environment, treated for disposal or burned for energy recovery. Chemical releases in particular pose the greatest threat to human health and the environment.  Facilities that generate toxic chemical waste should target emissions for reductions and eventual elimination. The OEA will use future years' TRI reports to track progress in meeting the goals. 

Goals will be proposed for 1) reducing the quantities of TRI chemicals released to the environment, and 2) reducing the quantities of TRI chemicals managed through methods other than recycling, (i.e. treatment or burning for energy recovery)."