Raw Toxics Release Inventory Data Available Online
Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) facility-level data for 2007 is now available for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The data can be accessed electronically at http://www.epa.gov/tri-efdr.
This is the fifth annual Electronic Facility Data Release (e-FDR) and displays data exactly as it was received from facilities -- one form for each chemical at a facility. Many stakeholders have requested that EPA share TRI data sooner and in the format received, without waiting for further analysis. The "raw" data released on Sept. 11 are not grouped in any way or are as easily searchable as the traditional Public Data Release (PDR), which also includes more quality checks, national trends, and analysis. EPA will still publish the complete 2007 PDR in early 2009.
TRI provides American communities with vital information on chemical releases including disposal of chemicals. In addition, TRI tracks releases of chemicals and industrial sectors specified by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986. The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 also mandates that facilities report data on other waste management activities such as treatment, recycling, and energy recovery.