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).