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Toxics Release Inventory

  • By: Lester de Souza
  • In: Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Environmental Sociology, Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

The U.S. Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, 1986, requires owners and operators of covered facilities to self-report specific data including aggregate and trend data that are to be available to the public. Based on the principle of community right to know, this publicly accessible record is referred to as the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The data to be reported are the release into the environment of substances and the threshold quantities listed in the regulations. Since its introduction, the TRI has been amended by the Pollution Prevention Act (1990), which requires data on enterprise waste management and source reduction to also be reported in the TRI. Similar registers are maintained in other countries. In Canada, the registry is known as the National Pollutant Release ...

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