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The 2013 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) preliminary dataset is now complete. It contains the most current TRI data available on toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities that occurred at facilities during the 2013 calendar year. This dataset will be the basis for the 2013 TRI National Analysis report.
You can use the preliminary dataset to:
- Determine if a particular facility has reported to TRI.
- Determine what chemicals a particular facility is using and releasing into the environment, or otherwise managing as waste.
- Find out if a particular facility initiated any pollution prevention activities in the most recent calendar year.
- Begin conducting research into toxic chemical releases across the United States or in a specific geographical area.
The TRI Program provides this dataset annually each July to give the public an opportunity to see the most recent TRI information prior to the publication of the TRI National Analysis report in January.
Tools for Finding 2013 TRI Data
The preliminary dataset is available through Envirofacts and in downloadable data files you can access through the links below. Please note that use of the downloadable files is recommended for more experienced TRI data users due to the format of the files.
Find TRI Data Using Envirofacts
TRI Search - Find TRI data by searching facility name, location, industry sector or chemical name.
TRI EZ Search - Create a report on a single subject area (e.g., "discharges to water") using a limited set of TRI data elements.
TRI Customized Search - Create a report on multiple subject areas using the most comprehensive set of TRI data elements.
TRI Form R Search - Review TRI information submitted on the Reporting Form R.
TRI Form R & A Download - Select and download data elements of interest from the Reporting Form R and A.
Factors to Consider When Using TRI Data (PDF) can help you understand and use TRI data.
Downloadable TRI Data Files
Basic - Contains the most commonly requested data fields from the Reporting Form R and Form A. Data presented in .csv format.
Basic Plus - Collectively contains all of the data fields from the Reporting Form R and Form A. These are .zip files with tab-delimited data.
Dioxin, Dioxin-Like Compounds and TEQ - Includes the individually-reported mass quantity data reported on the Reporting Forms R Schedule 1, with associated Toxic Equivalency data. Data presented in .csv format.
Frequently Asked Questions
Did EPA collect any different TRI data for the 2013 reporting year?
No, but it was the first year that facilities were required to submit their TRI reporting forms electronically using the TRI-MEweb reporting application.
Can I access pollution prevention (P2) information reported to TRI in 2013?
Yes. The Envirofacts TRI P2 Search Tool makes it easy to access, analyze, and visualize TRI’s P2 data.
When will the 2013 TRI data be available in the other online TRI tools, such as TRI Explorer, myRTK and TRI.NET?
The TRI tools will be updated sequentially, beginning with TRI Explorer in September. An announcement about the availability of these updated tools will appear on the TRI homepage and TRI listserv subscribers will also be notified via email.
Does the absence of 2013 data for a particular facility mean that the facility is out of compliance with TRI requirements?
No, the absence of 2013 data for a facility is not necessarily an indication that the facility is out of compliance. The facility's TRI forms may still be undergoing processing, or the facility may not have met TRI reporting thresholds and therefore wasn't required to report for 2013. As in every reporting year, EPA undertakes a number of activities to identify facilities that are not compliant with TRI reporting requirements, and to verify the quality of the data received. This process is ongoing. When necessary, EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance may take action. Compliance resources include inspectors and attorneys in each of EPA's ten regional offices and at EPA Headquarters.
Have any data quality checks been performed on the data?
The majority of the 2013 TRI data were submitted by facilities using the TRI-MEweb online reporting application, which includes a number of automated data quality checks. We are now in the process of conducting more detailed data quality checks. If data quality errors are detected (by EPA or the facility) in a facility's original 2013 TRI submission, the facility is expected to submit a revised 2013 reporting form.
Example Search Using Envirofacts
2013 TRI data are available through the five Envirofacts search queries indicated in the "Tools" section above. The Envirofacts website has more information about how to use each search option. Below is an example that uses the primary Envirofacts TRI search to find 2013 data.
Question: The ABC Plastics Corporation is located within one mile of my house. What toxic chemicals is this facility releasing into the environment?
Method: Use the Envirofacts TRI Search (listed first in the column above)
1. Enter your zip code or city/county and state in the "geography search" section and click "search" at the bottom of the page.
2. On the results page, look at the "facility name" column of the results table to see if "ABC Plastics Corporation" is listed.
The results screen shows that ABC Plastics has reported to the TRI Program. (Note: if the facility you're looking for doesn't appear in the search results, please see the note at the end of this section). Click on the number shown in the "submissions" column to see if this facility reported TRI data for the 2013 calendar year.
3. The next screen lists all of ABC Plastics Corporation's TRI reporting forms since 1987, one form for each chemical for each year. The facility's 2013 TRI reporting forms (if any were submitted) will be listed at the top of the page under the heading: "List of Document Control Numbers in ENVIROFACTS for the TRI Reporting Year: 2013." The results show that ABC Plastics submitted three TRI forms for 2013. Click on the document control number to the left of each chemical name to learn more about how it was managed at the facility, including whether or not the chemical was released to the environment.
4. The images below show the benzene data from the Reporting Form R that ABC Plastics submitted for 2013. Section 5.2 shows that ABC Plastics reported releasing 1,314 pounds of benzene into the air during 2013.
Further down in Section 6.2, the report shows that ABC Plastics sent 17 pounds of benzene to another facility to be incinerated.