EPA Report Identifies Toxic Contamination in Communities Across the Country

Yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual report of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI consists of information on toxic chemical disposals and toxic air emissions, as well as waste management and pollution prevention activities. The EPA report covers neighborhoods all across the United States for the year 2010. Total toxic releases for 2010 were higher than the previous two years.

The following are some highlights from the 2010 TRI report:

  • Releases into the air decreased 6 percent from the previous year, continuing a trend over the past several years.
  • Releases into water increased 9 percent from the previous year.
  • Releases onto land increased 28 percent from the previous year.
  • Nationwide, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment, up 16 percent from 2009
  • The increase in toxic releases is mainly due to changes in the metal mining sector.

Link to the EPA 2010 Toxic Release Inventory Analysis: http://www.epa.gov/tri/NationalAnalysis/index.htm

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