RTK NET Releases 2002 Toxic Release Inventory Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 24, 2004 Contact: Herb Ettel or Cheryl Gregory, 202-234-8494 OMB Watch, 1742 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009 www.rtknet.org www.ombwatch.org Washington, D.C., June 24, 2004 -- The Right-to-Know Network (RTK NET) published the 2002 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data today, providing public access to important Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data on the release and transfer of toxic chemicals in the U.S. The 2002 data shows an overall increase of 5 percent in toxic releases -- the first year in which this measurement increased since 1997. The TRI data is reported by individual facilities, which send their reports to the federal EPA every year. On RTK NET, users can search the data by geographic area, facility, industry, parent company, and offsite waste transfer data, to learn which toxic chemicals are present, and in what amounts, in their local communities, states, regions, and the entire nation. The Right-to-Know Network was started in 1989 in support of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), which mandated public access to the Toxic Release Inventory. It is operated by OMB Watch. See www.rtknet.org www.ombwatch.org ###
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