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March 10, 2003

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Toxics Release Inventory Program,

The Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act requires the EPA to "establish and maintain in a computer data base a national toxic chemical inventory . . . [and to] make these data accessible by computer telecommunication and other means . . . ." 42 U.S.C. 11023(j). The Toxics Release Inventory is that mandated database and this EPA website makes it available to the public.

The searchable database "contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities." From the homepage, users can search by zip code to learn about any reported toxic releases in their neighborhoods.

Other information at the website includes:

  • chemical-specific and industry-specific guidance documents
  • a directory of state contacts and websites
  • a list of the almost 600 chemicals whose releases must be reported
  • forms, instructions, and training materials
  • TRI data from 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, and 1996
  • the TRI Explorer, a sophisticated tool for searching the TRI database
  • links to comparable information for foreign countries (including Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and the United Kingdom)
2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington