EPA Unveils 2019 TRI Report
Since the new report publishes data from 2019, it is important to note these figures illustrate EPCRA compliance primarily before SARS-CoV-2 emerged on the global stage.
Read the complete 2019 TRI Report.
In 2019, private industrial companies and Federal facilities ramped up source reduction activities that aim to reduce or eliminate chemical waste, reporting the first increase in the last five years. Moreover, 89 percent of chemical-containing waste generated at these facilities was successfully managed through recycling, treatment, and energy recovery.
The TRI Report also shows most facilities identified new opportunities for source reduction was through participative team management. This suggests that many companies and Federal facilities view source reduction as a collaborative team effort.
Read more: 5 Tips for EPCRA TRI Reports Due July 1 (2019)
Source Reduction in the Chemical Manufacturing SectorYear over year, the chemical manufacturing sector consistently managed the most chemical waste of any TRI-covered sector. In 2019 alone, the chemical manufacturing sector managed nearly 17 billion lbs., or 55% of all chemical waste managed under TRI.
Production-related waste managed at chemical manufacturing facilities decreased in 2019 by 501 million pounds, or 3%. This decrease was largely driven by the activities of just three facilities in the sector.
Facilities found creative ways to manage and reduce their chemical waste. A few examples include:
- A paint and coatings manufacturing facility reduced xylene waste by scheduling batches to minimize waste produced during cleanouts between batches.
- An organic chemical manufacturing facility reduced its use of diphenylamine by changing the reaction formulation to increase batch yield and minimize the amount of unreacted material produced as waste.
Across all industries, total disposal and other releases were reduced by 9% in 2019. This was largely due a 13% decrease in on-site land disposals.
Releases of Chemicals Overall and by Region
Although Region 10 in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska manages one of the lowest amounts of product-related waste out of all regions, it accounted for over 25% of releases in 2019. These releases were largely generated by metal mines.
Region 6 in the South Central US had the largest quantity of production-related waste managed, driven by facilities in the chemical manufacturing sector treating chemicals, such as ethylene, toluene, and propylene, on site.
A facility must report if it is in a covered industry sector and exceeds the established employee and chemical thresholds. EPA has created a TRI Threshold Screening Tool to help managers and executives determine if their facilities are required to report.
Is Your Facility Required Submit TRI Reporting Data?
The deadline to report for Fiscal Year 2020 is July 1, 2021.
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