The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports filed by 653 New York facilities in 2010 showed a decrease of approximately 292,848 pounds (lb) of total toxic releases when compared with 2009.
After on- and off-site releases totaled 43,616,808 lb in 2002, release totals have decreased steadily with, most recently, 32,522,910 lb in 2008, 23,279,524 lb in 2009, and 22,986,676 in 2010. Of the 2010 total, on-site releases were 15,622,222 lb, with off-site releases (transfers off-site for disposal or other releases) totaling 7,364,454 lb.
The top five chemicals released by New York facilities in 2010 were:
- Nitrate compounds: 7,050,815 lb
- Hydrochloric acid: 2,564,359 lb
- Barium compounds: 1,882,237 lb
- Lead compounds: 1,209,141 lb
- Zinc compounds: 932,070 lb
Facilities in New York recycled 121,358,590 lb of toxic materials in waste management activities. Of that total, 70,357,412 lb were recycled on-site, and 51,001,178 lb were sent off-site for recycling. Energy recovery efforts included 30,920,145 lb recovered on-site and 3,396,580 lb of chemicals recovered off-site. In other waste management activities, 55,317,511 lb of toxic chemicals were treated on-site, and 11,845,874 lb were sent off-site for treatment.
INFO: Contact Susanne Wither at 518-402-9553.