EPA's 2011 Toxics Release Inventory Shows Air Pollutants Continue to Decline
Total toxic air releases in 2011 declined 8 percent from 2010, mostly because of decreases in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions, even while total releases of toxic chemicals increased for the second year in a row, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report published 16 January 2013. In EPA's mid-Atlantic Region - Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia - TRI data indicate a decrease of 32.5 million pounds or 13.8 % of chemical releases as compared to 2010. EPA has improved this year's TRI national analysis report by adding new information about facility efforts to reduce pollution, insights into why air releases are declining, and an enhanced analysis of releases on tribal lands. With this report and EPA's web-based TRI tools, citizens can access information about TRI-listed toxic chemical releases in their communities and across the country.