EPA Analysis Shows Decrease in 2010 Toxic Chemical Releases in Connecticut Reply

Release Date: 01/05/2012
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 5, 2012) – EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2010.  TRI reporting provides Americans with vital information about their communities by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country.

In Connecticut, the reporting data shows that overall releases of pollutants to the environment have decreased since the previous reporting year (2009). TRI information is a key part of EPA’s efforts to provide greater access to environmental information and get information to the public as quickly as possible. TRI was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 major ways that EPA has strengthened America.

During 2010, the latest year for which data are available, approximately 20.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states, a reduction of about 287,337 pounds. In Connecticut, 320 facilities reported in 2010 approximately 2.7 million pounds (a decrease of 633,694 pounds). Approximately 47 percent of releases in Connecticut were emitted to the air during 2010. Across the U.S. in 2010, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment, a 16 percent increase from 2009.

To read the full release visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/6d651d23f5a91b768525735900400c28/8bfd605992a749838525797c0079fff1!OpenDocument

 Additional links:

TRI in Connecticut Fact Sheet (http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer/statefactsheet.htm)
National information on TRI (http://www.epa.gov/tri/)

For more information, please contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.