TRI for Communities
The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) provides information for communities to learn about toxic chemicals that industrial facilities are using and releasing into the environment, and whether those facilities are doing anything to prevent pollution.
TRI Community Basics
Two-page handout overview of TRI resources for communities (disponible en Español).
Slide presentation covering the basics of TRI and how communities can access the data.
A visual, easy-to-read introduction to TRI for communities (disponible en Español).
Look inside a TRI facility at how chemicals are used and what data facilities report.
Video: Using Data for Collaborative Action in Communities
A Minneapolis community group used TRI data to start a partnership with a local company that resulted in decreased air emissions.
Is it safe to live near TRI facilities?
The human health risks resulting from exposure to chemicals are determined by many factors. TRI contains some of this information, including what chemicals are released from industrial facilities; the amount of each chemical released; and the amounts released to air, water, and land. Although TRI can’t tell you whether or to what extent you’ve been exposed to toxic chemicals, it can be used as a starting point in evaluating potential risks to the health of your community and the environment.
Learn more about TRI and estimating potential risk and EPA's Risk-Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) model.
What can I do?
You can use TRI data to start a conversation about your community's environmental health concerns with local groups, government officials, facility representatives, and others. Learn more about what you can do with the TRI data you find.
- EJScreen: (Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool) - Find demographic and environmental information by area.
- Risk-Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) Model: Find potential health-related impacts of toxic releases from facilities in your community.
- Analysis of Community-Scale Pollution Prevention Activities in North Birmingham, Alabama
- TRI webinar series from Dillard UniversityExit
- Building Partnerships to Support Sustainable Manufacturing: Lessons from Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor
- Community-Driven Environmental Collaborative Problem Solving
- TRI Data for Health Professionals
- Using TRI to Better Understand Risks of Industrial Pollution
- Chemical Safety and EJ: Straightforward Solutions for Environmental Justice Communities
- Community revitalization assistance: Resources to help communities protect the environment, improve health, and strengthen their economies.
- Archive of TRI community outreach and education materials, 1989-2015
- Other toxic chemical risk and health resources