EPA publishes toxic release figures

July 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environment Protection agency has released its report on industrial releases and transfers of toxic materials in 2009, officials said.

As part of the Obama administration's continuing commitment to open government, the latest data on industrial releases and transfers of toxic chemicals in the United States between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009, has been made available within weeks of the reporting deadline, the agency said in a release Wednesday.

"It is vital that every community has access to information that impacts their health and environment," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "The data we're releasing provides critical insights about pollution and polluters in the places where people live, work, play and learn. Making that knowledge available is the first step in empowering communities to protect the environment in their areas."

Examples of industries that report to the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory include manufacturing, metal mining, electric utilities and commercial hazardous waste treatment facilities among others.

Facilities must report their data by July 1 of each year, the EPA said.

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