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Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program

Inventory of TRI Community Outreach and Education Materials, 1989-2014

EPA and other organizations have developed materials that can help communities understand and use the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Some of the items in this list are from 2000 and earlier, but still contain useful information.

TRI Community Snapshots

Date of publication: 2013

Publisher: EPA Headquarters

Description: These snapshots give an overview of toxic chemical releases tracked by the TRI Program in certain communities. EPA developed some of these as part of the TRI Community Engagement Pilot Projects Initiative, and the others as part of EPA's Making a Visible Difference in Communities Initiative.

Analysis of Community-Scale Pollution Prevention Activities: North Birmingham, Alabama

Date of publication: 2014

Publisher: EPA Headquarters and EPA Region 4

Description: EPA produced this study as part of the TRI Community Engagement Pilot Projects Initiative. As part of the North Birmingham pilot project, EPA conducted an analysis to test whether TRI pollution prevention (P2) and waste management data could be useful to communities.The analysis compared 2012 TRI data for facilities located in North Birmingham with facilities in the same industry sectors located elsewhere in the country.

A Citizen's Guide to Reducing Toxic Risks: Using the Toxics Release Inventory (PDF)

Date of publication: 2002

Publisher: EPA

Description: This pamphlet gives an introduction to TRI and illustrates how communities can use TRI to raise awareness of environmental problems and influence reductions in local pollution.

Toxics Release Inventory Information Kit (PDF)

Date of publication: 1998

Publisher: EPA

Description: This TRI starter kit includes materials that cover basic information about the Toxics Release Inventory, plus a handout describing how TRI data have been used by communities, state governments and industry.

Chemicals in your Community: A Guide to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act

Date of publication: 1998

Publisher: EPA

Description: This pamphlet describes EPCRA, the law that created the TRI Program. It highlights of key sections of the law, talks about how communities and others are affected by it, and has general information about how TRI data can be used.

Teach with Databases: Toxics Release Inventory - Box set

Date of publication: 1998

Publisher: National Science Teachers Association

Description: Designed for high school teachers, these materials use TRI data and hands-on activities to teach scientific skills, including a range of laboratory experiments covering sampling and analytic methods. This kit is intended to help students explore the environmental impacts of toxic chemical releases and contains:

Environmental Democracy in Action: Community Right-to-Know

Date of publication: 1992

Publisher: EPA

Description: This brochure talks about the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, the TRI Program, EPA's 33/50 Pollution Prevention Program and the concept of "environmental democracy."

Chemical Releases and Chemical Risks: A Citizen's Guide to Risk Screening

Date of publication: 1989

Publisher: EPA

Description: This pamphlet talks about TRI and risk screening, a tool that can be used to identify the toxic chemical releases that may require further investigation. It also explains how you can find answers to questions you might have about releases of toxic chemicals in your community.