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New Web Series Highlights Pollution Prevention Accomplishments

2014 July 17

For many toxic chemicals and industry sectors, reported TRI releases have trended downward considerably in recent years.  In such cases, TRI’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Search Tool is a great resource for identifying the P2 activities or other environmentally-friendly practices that have contributed.

To spur discussion of these practices, we looked at how the metals industry reduced their use, waste generation, and releases of a recognized carcinogen (trichloroethylene). We examined the P2 information that fabricated metals facilities submitted to the Toxics Release Inventory, and also followed up with one of the facilities with the largest reductions to find out more about what they did.

Check out our findings in our first P2 Accomplishments Bulletin and let us know what you think. Should EPA offer more of these analyses? Which other chemicals and sectors are worth highlighting from the standpoint of P2?

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Help Us Improve Your Access to TRI Information

2014 May 12

EPA provides several different online tools and applications for accessing TRI data, such as TRI Explorer, myRTK, Envirofacts, and the TRI Pollution Prevention Search Tool. If you have used one of these tools before, how easy was it to find the information you were looking for? Which one of these tools best met your needs and why? Please describe any functions or features that would have improved your user experience, or any other suggestions you have for us.

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What Do You Want to See in the TRI National Analysis?

2014 February 4

We just published our annual TRI National Analysis report. It includes summaries, charts, graphs, interactive maps, and search tools to help you find out about industrial releases of toxic chemicals and pollution prevention activities at the national and local level. Which of these features have you used? Which did you find most valuable or informative? What new features or analyses would you like to see included next year?

 

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Welcome!

2013 July 10

Welcome to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program’s new discussion forum! We’ve set up this online forum to provide a place for TRI data users to talk to each other and to us in the TRI Program. It’s a place for you to share ideas about how to use TRI information, describe any problems you’ve had accessing or understanding the data, and let us know what’s working for you and what could be improved.

We encourage you to comment – your feedback will help us better understand your information needs and shape how we provide TRI data in the future.

New topics will be posted periodically; if there’s something you’d like to see discussed here, you can email us at tri.help@epa.gov with your suggestions.

Topic 1:

The TRI Program recently launched a new pollution prevention (P2) search tool to enable data users to access, visualize and analyze TRI’s P2 information. Have you used this tool? If so, does it help satisfy your particular data needs? What new features would you like to see added when we next update the tool? To learn more, please visit the TRI P2 webpage at www.epa.gov/tri/p2.

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