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Early Release of Reporting Year 2004 TRI Data

Release Date: 11/17/2005
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Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-4355 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(11/17/05) To better inform communities, EPA today released the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) facility-level data for Reporting Year 2004. These data are being released through the Electronic Facility Data Release (e-FDR), which displays the TRI data exactly as received by EPA - 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, and this is the second year that EPA is doing an e-FDR. The "raw" data released today is not grouped and as easily searchable as the traditional Public Data Release (PDR), which also includes more quality checks, national trends and analysis. The e-FDR is intended to get data to communities faster - not to replace the PDR. EPA will still publish the complete PDR in spring 2006.

Increased electronic reporting allows EPA to publish the earlier e-FDR, and is part of EPA's initiative to modernize and streamline the TRI program. Electronic reporting also supports data accuracy with built-in quality checks, and makes reporting easier for facilities.

TRI provides the American public with vital information on chemical releases including disposal for their communities, 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. The e-FDR is now available at: http://www.epa.gov/tri-efdr