US Toxic Chemical Releases Dipped 6% In 2008: EPA

Law360, New York (December 9, 2009, 3:48 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its 2008 Toxics Release Inventory, showing overall industrial chemical releases in the U.S. dropped 6 percent in 2008 compared with 2007.

Mining facilities, at 30 percent, and utilities, at 23 percent, accounted for the bulk of industrial releases in 2008, according to the inventory, which was released Tuesday.

The 2008 TRI is the latest edition of an annually published electronic storehouse of industry-reported releases of toxic chemicals used by refineries, manufacturers and other facilities. It includes data on chemical...
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