Frequent Questions

What are the benefits of TRI data?

TRI provides the public with unprecedented access to information about toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities on a local, state, regional, and national level.

TRI data help the public, government officials, and industry in the following ways:
• to identify potential concerns and gain a better understanding of potential risks;
• to identify priorities and opportunities to work with industry and government to reduce toxic chemical disposal or other releases and potential risks associated with them; and
• to establish reduction targets and measure progress toward those targets.

TRI data are widely used across EPA programs. For example, the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities, an element of the Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), uses TRI data to identify facilities that may present pollution prevention opportunities. EPA also uses TRI data in the Risk Screening Environmental Indicator (RSEI) tool, which provides users with additional understanding of chronic human health issues and potential exposures associated with TRI chemicals. Other EPA programs and tools that utilize TRI data may be searched by visiting EPA's Web site at www.epa.gov or from EPA's publication, How are the Toxics Release Inventory Data Used? at www.epa.gov/tri/guide_docs/pdf/2003/2003_datausepaper.pdf.

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