Toxic Release Totals Continue to Decline

Analysis of data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) by the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shows a continued downward statewide trend in toxic pollutants entering Kentucky’s environment. With continued reduction in reported releases, the potential impact on communities that may be disproportionately impacted has also decreased.

The Kentucky DEP conducted an analysis of reporting data submitted by industries to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for calendar year 2014. Within Kentucky, there were a total of 431 facilities and 167 chemicals reported for the 2014 calendar year. It is notable that more than 91 percent of the TRI chemical waste generated during 2014 was recycled, treated, or used for energy recovery, rather than released or disposed of in environmental media (air, water or land).

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Kentucky DEP Toxic Release Inventory Analysis for the 2012 Reporting Year

A study of annual reporting data by Kentucky industries indicates Kentucky saw a continued reduction in toxic environmental releases in 2012, according to the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP).

Within Kentucky, there were a total of 431 facilities and 154 chemicals reported for the 2012 calendar year. Continue reading “Kentucky DEP Toxic Release Inventory Analysis for the 2012 Reporting Year”

Kentucky Toxic Release Inventory Shows Reduction in Environmental Releases for 2011

A study of annual reporting data by Kentucky industries indicates Kentucky saw a reduction in toxic environmental releases in 2011, according to the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP).

Within Kentucky, there were a total of 423 facilities and 154 chemicals reported for the 2011 calendar year.

Under the national Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program, industries within specific sectors that manufacture, process or use amounts of chemicals over the thresholds established by the 1986 Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act must report releases, transfers, disposal, reuse and recycling activities to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the corresponding state agency by July 1 of each year for the previous calendar year.

The Kentucky DEP conducted an analysis of the reporting data submitted for calendar year 2011 and compiled its report which can be downloaded at http://dca.ky.gov/Documents/KyTRIAnalysis.pdf

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