By ecoRI News staff
Releases of pollutants into the environment have increased in Rhode Island, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) for 2011.
TRI reporting provides vital information about communities nationwide by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country, according to the EPA.
During 2011, the latest year for which data are available, about 18.96 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states, a reduction of about 1.7 million pounds.
In Rhode Island, however, 97 facilities reported an increase of 17,307 pounds from 2010 to 2011.
TRI reporting includes information on chemicals released at a company’s facility, as well as those transported to disposal facilities off-site. TRI data don’t reflect the relative toxicity of the chemicals emitted or potential exposure to people living in a community with reported releases. Facilities must report their chemical disposals and releases by July 1 of each year.
Reporting under TRI doesn’t indicate illegal discharges of pollutants to the environment.
The top 10 chemicals released to the environment on- and off-site during 2011 in Rhode Island were: copper compounds, zinc compounds, toluene, methanol, xylene (mixed isomers), antimony compounds, copper, styrene, chromium compounds and certain glycol ethers.
The 10 facilities that reported the largest quantity of on- and off-site environmental releases in Rhode Island under TRI for 2011 were: Hord Crystal, 45 York Ave., Pawtucket; Chemart, 11 New England Way, Lincoln; Senesco main yard, 10 MacNaught St., North Kingstown; General Cable Industries, 3 Carol Drive, Lincoln; Honeywell Safety Products, 10 Thurber Blvd., Smithfield; Taco Inc., 1160 Cranston St., Cranston; Organic Dyestuffs Corp., 65-84 Valley St., East Providence; Kenyon Industries Inc., 36 Sherman Ave., Kenyon; Quartermoon Inc., 200 Highpoint Ave., Portsmouth; and Dewal Industries Inc., 15 Ray Trainor Drive, Narragansett.
For the complete Rhode Island report, click here.