On July 31, EPA published preliminary Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data about chemical releases, waste management and pollution prevention activities that took place during 2017 at more than 20,000 federal and industrial facilities across the country.
The 2017 data are available in two ways:
- by downloading data files that can be opened using Excel or another spreadsheet application; and
- by going to EPA’s Envirofacts website and searching for a specific location, industry sector, or facility.
You can use these preliminary data to identify how many TRI facilities operate in a certain geographic area and where they are located, as well as what chemicals facilities are managing and in what quantities.
While the preliminary data have not yet been through the complete TRI data quality process, the software facilities used to submit these data includes many automated quality checks that help prevent facilities from making common mistakes. EPA is now conducting additional quality checks on the preliminary data.
Planned Dataset Updates
EPA will be updating the dataset several times as we receive additional information from facilities. Here’s what you can expect during the summer and fall:
- July 31, 2018: 2017 preliminary dataset available in data files and Envirofacts TRI searches.
- August: Dataset updated several times.
- mid-September: Dataset updated; TRI Explorer and TRI P2 Search Tool now have 2017 data.
- October: Complete 2017 dataset available.