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EPA issues toxic chemical release report for 2004 (Region 8 states)

Release Date: 04/13/2006
Contact Information: Joyel Dhieux, (303) 312-6447, dhieux.joyel@epa.gov; Frank Montarelli, (303) 312-6780, montarelli.frank@epa.gov; Wendy Chipp, (303) 312-6603, chipp.wendy@epa.gov

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued its annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report, which provides details about the amount of toxic chemicals released into the air, discharged into water, placed on the land or underground, and disposed of as waste by facilities across the country. The data made available today are for releases that took place during 2004.

"The Toxic Release Inventory is the most comprehensive source of information on the generation and management of toxic chemicals in the United States," said EPA regional administrator, Robert E. Roberts. "It is a resource that all of us can use to understand what is happening in our communities and a valuable tool that public officials, federal facilities and businesses can use to identify opportunities to prevent and reduce pollution."

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 required EPA to establish the Toxics Release Inventory. The TRI is an on-line, computerized database that contains toxic chemical release information covering more than 650 chemicals and chemical categories collected from reports submitted to EPA and the states by manufacturing companies, coal and metal mines, electric utilities, hazardous waste treatment sites, chemical distributors and Federal facilities. More than 25,000 facilities nationwide provide details on their releases of chemicals to the environment. Included in the report is a listing of individual states and the amounts of toxic chemicals released into the environment within their borders. Individual cities and zip codes can also be selected from the TRI database and have releases within their confines broken out by type of chemical and by quantity released. The database provides a comprehensive overview of toxic chemical releases in the U.S.

Nationally, total TRI releases fell to 4.2 billion pounds in 2004 from 4.4 billion pounds reported in 2003. This decrease in releases for 2004 continues a four-year trend since 2000 in declines in total national releases by all reporting industries. A 166 million pound decrease in on-site releases by metal mines in 2004 from 2003 was a significant contributory factor to the total decline in national releases.

NATIONAL TRI


Total U.S. TRI Releases in Billions of Pounds

Total Releases Total Releases All Industries
All Industries Except Metal Mining

2000 6.7 3.8
2001 5.6 3.3
2002 4.8 3.2
2003 4.4 3.2
2004 4.2 3.2



COLORADO TRI

Colorado facilities reported 24,293,017 total pounds of toxic chemicals released to the environment in 2004, with 78%, or 18,882,885, released on site. On-site releases include chemicals released to the air, water and land at the facility. Chemicals that are transferred to other sites for disposal to the environment are not included in the on-site releases total. Total on-site releases by all reporting industries in Colorado increased in 2004 from 2003 due largely to increases reported by the metal mining industry. The total for all industries except for metal mining also showed a slight increase to 12.2 million pounds in 2004 from 12.1 million pounds in 2003. Colorado ranked 37th nationwide in total on-site releases. (Please see Colorado 2004 TRI information on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer.)
On-Site Releases of Toxic Chemicals in Colorado in Millions of Pounds

All Industries Except
All Industries Metal Mining
    2000 24.8 13.1
    2001 35.6 13.6
    2002 21.2 15.3
    2003 18.0 12.1
    2004 18.9 12.2


    MONTANA TRI

    Montana facilities reported 61,090,768 total pounds of toxic chemicals released to the environment in 2004, with 98%, or 60,072,291 pounds, released on site. On-site releases include chemicals released to the air, water and land at the facility. Chemicals that are transferred to other sites for disposal to the environment are not included in the on-site releases total. Total on-site releases by all reporting industries in Montana increased in 2004 from 2003 due largely to increases reported by the metal mining industry. The lumber, paper and electric utility industry sectors also reported increases from 2003. The total for all industries except for metal mining showed an increase to 16.2 million pounds in 2004 from 15.4 million pounds in 2003. Montana ranked 23rd nationwide in total on-site releases. (Please see Montana 2004 TRI information on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer.)
    On-Site Releases of Toxic Chemicals in Montana in Millions of Pounds

    All Industries Except
    All Industries Metal Mining
      2000 117.7 59.1
      2001 60.9 36.4
      2002 32.4 14.7
      2003 44.6 15.4
      2004 60.1 16.2


      NORTH DAKOTA TRI

      North Dakota facilities reported 22,929,009 total pounds of toxic chemicals released to the environment in 2004, with 63%, or 14,383,633 pounds, released on site. On-site releases include chemicals released to the air, water and land at the facility. Chemicals that are transferred to other sites for disposal to the environment are not included in the on-site releases total. Total on-site releases by all reporting industries in North Dakota increased from 14,127,643 in 2003 to 14,383,633 in 2004 due primarily to increases reported by the electric utility industry. North Dakota ranked 40th nationwide in total on-site releases. (Please see North Dakota 2004 TRI information on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer.)
      On-Site Releases of Toxic Chemicals in North Dakota in Millions of Pounds


      All Industries
        2000 15.6
        2001 16.9
        2002 16.0
        2003 14.1
        2004 14.4


        SOUTH DAKOTA TRI

        South Dakota facilities reported 8,546,377 total pounds of toxic chemicals released to the environment in 2004, with 98%, or 8,394,306, released on site. On-site releases include chemicals released to the air, water and land at the facility. Chemicals that are transferred to other sites for disposal to the environment are not included in the on-site releases total. Total on-site releases by all reporting industries in South Dakota decreased in 2004 for the third consecutive year, due largely to a decrease reported by the metal mining industry. The total for all industries except for metal mining showed an increase to 6.5 million pounds in 2004 from 6.1 million pounds in 2003. South Dakota ranked 44th nationwide in total on-site releases. (Please see South Dakota 2004 TRI information on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer.)
        On-Site Releases of Toxic Chemicals in South Dakota in Millions of Pounds

        All Industries Except
        All Industries Metal Mining
          2000 9.5 5.8
          2001 13.5 7.2
          2002 11.9 5.8
          2003 10.2 6.1
          2004 8.4 6.5


          UTAH TRI

          Utah facilities reported 167,837,425 total pounds of toxic chemicals released to the environment in 2004, with 98%, or 163,942,536, released on site. On-site releases include chemicals released to the air, water and land at the facility. Chemicals that are transferred to other sites for disposal to the environment are not included in the on-site releases total. Total on-site releases by all reporting industries in Utah decreased in 2004 from 2003, due largely to a decrease reported by the metal mining industry. The total for all industries except for metal mining also showed a decrease to 53.0 million pounds in 2004 from 57.5 million pounds in 2003. Utah ranked 5th nationwide in total on-site releases. (Please see Utah 2004 TRI information on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer.)
          On-Site Releases of Toxic Chemicals in Utah in Millions of Pounds

          All Industries Except
          All Industries Metal Mining
            2000 459.4 124.7
            2001 254.8 65.5
            2002 176.2 61.8
            2003 240.0 57.5
            2004 163.9 53.0


            WYOMING TRI

            Wyoming facilities reported 16,132,036 total pounds of toxic chemicals released to the environment in 2004, with 95%, or 15,275,169, released on site. On-site releases include chemicals released to the air, water and land at the facility. Chemicals that are transferred to other sites for disposal to the environment are not included in the on-site releases total. Total on-site releases by all reporting industries in Wyoming declined in 2004 to 15,275,169 from 18,230,644 in 2003, Wyoming ranked 39th nationwide in total on-site releases. (Please see Wyoming 2004 TRI information on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer.)
            On-Site Releases of Toxic Chemicals in Wyoming in Millions of Pounds


            All Industries
              2000 19.9
              2001 16.9
              2002 17.0
              2003 18.2
              2004 15.3


              (END STATE DATA SECTIONS)


              Information contained in the TRI is used by Federal, state and local governments, citizens and businesses to track the generation, release, fate and transport of various chemicals over time. Using this information, governments, businesses and citizens can work together to promote pollution prevention and the quality of the air, water and land.

              The 2004 TRI EPA national press release is available online at http://www.epa.gov/tri. Additional background information on the TRI program and direct access to the TRI are available online at: http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer or http://www.epa.gov/enviro. For data use assistance, contact the EPA Region 8 TRI Coordinator Joyel Dhieux at 303-312-6447 or via e-mail at dhieux.joyel@epa.gov. Easy to use TRI Internet Instructions are also available on the Region 8 web page at http://www.epa.gov/region8/toxics_pesticides/epcra/resources.html.