February 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Environmental Protection Agency released their report on the amount of toxic chemicals relased into the air, land, and water by industrial facilities in New Jersey in 2012, and the report showed a decrease of 23% over 2011 figures.
“The Toxics Release Inventory allows the public and policymakers to better understand the pollutants released into our air, water and land each year," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "This powerful tool helps people better understand pollution problems in their communities and take action to protect their health and the environment."
The figures represent 382 New Jersey facilities in the Toxics Release Inventory Report that are required to report their releases. Approximately 8.6 million pounds of releases to air, land and water were reported, down from the 2011 total of 11.2 million pounds. The single largest contributing factor in the reduction came from the DuPont Chambers Works in Deepwater, whic stopped accepting waste from outside facilities and reduced their releases by 40%.
The EPA has provided Toxic Release Inventory data since 1988 to assist the public in learning about the chemicals present in their local areas and ascertain environmental trends over time. Most of the facilities cited in the report are required to have permits issued under federal regulations that limit the amount of chemicals they can release into the environment. Facilities are required to report their release by July 1 of each calendar year.
The National Report lists over 20,000 facilities that submitted data, which included 682 chemical categories in 2012.
For more information and to view the data, visit: http://epa.gov/tri/.
To view New Jersey’s TRI fact sheet, visit: http://epa.gov/triexplorer/statefactsheet.htm.