Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Toxic Release Inventory

The Environmental Protection Agency has released the 2005 data for the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI provides a database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities.

On the main TRI page you can search by zip code (scroll down past the box at the top). If you would like to explore in more detail the TRI data, check out the TRI Explorer database. This database lets you look on a national, state and county level at the toxic releases back to 1988.

Want to just find data by state? Check out this page, which has data back to 2002. In case you were wondering Colorado had 25,665,802 on- and off-site Disposal and other releases in 2005 versus 24,440,601 in 2004 and 22,652,066 in 2003.

Want more environmental information? Check out the library's guide.

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