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2014 National Training Conference
2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities
Cosponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
May 7-9, 2014
Hilton Crystal City
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
May 7-8, 2014 (Public Conference Session)
May 9, 2014 (U.S. EPA, States, and Tribes Session)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) co-sponsored the 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities from May 7-9, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia.
The Training Conference serves as the main public outreach and training event for EPA’s flagship community right-to-know regulatory program – the Toxics Release Inventory, the goal of which is to provide communities with information about toxic chemical releases and waste management activities. The conference augments existing online training provided throughout the year and fosters the exchange of information between EPA, localities, states, tribes, federal agencies, industry, community groups, researchers, and non-governmental organizations.
Conference Structure: The first and second days of the conference (May 7 and May 8) were open to all stakeholders and the general public. The third day, May 9, was a half-day working session for EPA, states, and tribes.
More information about the TRI Program: Since its implementation over 20 years ago, the TRI Program has been tracking the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. TRI information is reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities. Visit the Learn About TRI page for more information.
The conference agenda included sessions on a variety of topics from a diverse group of presenters. Participants experienced dynamic discussions, great networking opportunities, and a conference full of valuable, relevant information.
By listening to over 50 presentations and talking with experts at the poster displays and educational exhibits, particpants learned about:
- Assessing and communicating environmental justice concerns;
- New research examining toxic releases and health disparities;
- Pollution prevention achievements reported to the TRI Program;
- Promoting meaningful community involvement to support decision making and engagement;
- Conveying environmental information through classroom and community training resources;
- Analyses of TRI and other chemical release data;
- Evaluating and improving data quality;
- Information access, visualization, and activism tools;
- Exploring the effectiveness of green chemistry implementation;
- TRI initiatives, rulemakings, and reporting guidance; and
- North American efforts and resources on pollutant reporting.
Presentation Abstracts: Curious what a certain session was about? New this year, we are making abstracts available for the presentations that will be on the agenda.
Reneé P. Wynn is currently serving as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information and the Acting Chief Information Officer for EPA. Ms. Wynn has been with EPA for more than 24 years, and joined the Office of Environmental Information in April 2011. Most recently, she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information and Deputy Chief Information Officer for EPA. Beyond the experience she has gained since joining the information management and technology arm of the Agency, Ms. Wynn has served in EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, the Superfund Program, the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office, and the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Ms. Wynn has managed program administration for science, information management, international programs, specialized task forces, regulatory management, budget formulation and execution, contracts and assistance, long term strategic planning and analyses, and administrative policy. Ms. Wynn is a graduate of EPA’s Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University, Indiana.
- Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Dillard University, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, New Orleans, LA. Dr. Wright, environmental justice scholar, advocate, author, civic leader and professor of Sociology, is the founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice currently at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Center is a community/university partnership that addresses environmental and health inequities along the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor and the Gulf Coast Region. The Center provides education, training, and job placement for underserved populations in environmental justice communities within the United States. Dr. Wright has won several awards for her work including the prestigious Heinz Award and is the accomplished author of numerous scholarly books and articles. She continues to serve as a strong voice in environmental justice communities.
Biographical information about the rest of the speakers can be found in the full list of conference speakers (PDF).
Conference educational exhibit tables allowed attendees to interact with experts on the following subjects:
- Building a Health Equity Index - Methodologies to Score Neighborhoods Using TRI and Other Datasets, Green River
- Comparison between the Chemical Data Reporting rule and the Toxics Release Inventory, U.S. EPA
- Demo of New TRI Website, U.S. EPA
- Development of ChemView: EPA’s Online Database on Chemical Information under the Toxic Substances Control Act, U.S. EPA
- Envirofacts and Developer’s Central, U.S. EPA
- Facility Linkage Application – Steward Integrated Data
- Suite of TRI Tools, U.S. EPA
- Toxic Release! An Eco-Educational Role Playing Game, State University of New York at Plattsburgh Center for Earth and Environmental Science
- TRI-MEweb: Tips and Tricks, U.S. EPA
- TOXMAP "Reloaded", National Library of Medicine
- TRI and Tribes: Resources and Findings, U.S. EPA
- U.S. EPA Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP & Oil Information Center, Booz Allen Hamilton
These posters were displayed throughout the conference space:
- Analysis of TRI Facilities' Participation in Pollution Prevention (P2) and Decrease in Emissions in New Jersey from 1990-2010
Alyssa Petersen, Kaylie McNeil, and Sophia Martinez, Drew University
- Communication and Enforcement of Scientific Outcomes among Vulnerable Communities: An Environmental Justice’s Perspective in North Charleston Neck Communities, South Carolina
Olalekan Ogunsakin, Tulane University
- Comparison of Mercury and Polychlorinated Biphenyl Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Emissions in New Jersey, 2002-2012
Christine Marten and Lisa Jordan, Drew University
- Demographic Analysis of New Jersey Counties with the Highest Reported On and Off Site TRI Emissions: Examining African American, Hispanic, and Native American Residential Distributions
Marra Tripodi, Cassandra Worthington, Danielle Monopoli, and Jayce Lebon, Drew University
- Developing Community and Campus Awareness of Watershed Protection using TRI-linked Tools
Olivia Sanchez, Huston-Tillotson University
- Environmental Outreach Programs: A New Model
Lisa London, University of Texas at Arlington
- Examining Environmental and Social Predictors of Asthma in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region
Rebecca Gernes, Washington University in St. Louis
- Exploring Children’s Environmental Health Impacts Using PRTR Data
Osnat Wine & Osornio-Vargas Alvaro, ChEHC Paediatrics, University of Alberta
- From Production to Cleanup: Characteristics of Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Facilities that Become Superfund Sites
Jeff Beltran, Drew University
- The Impacts of State Level Regulation and Policy Changes on TRI Emissions: A Geographic Analysis
Kirby Clark & Anna Fiorini, Drew University
- Integrating Community Health and Wellness into the Superfund Reuse Assessment Process: A Framework
Melissa Dreyfus, US EPA
- Linking FEMA Records on Hurricane Sandy to the EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI): Comparing New Jersey County Impact Analyses and Storm Surge Effects
Joe Sollod, Drew University
- New Jersey Lead Emissions 1990-2010
Rachel Dooley and Tessa Kennamer, Drew University
- Residential Demographic Differences in New Jersey before and after Implementation of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program, Results from 1980-2010
Nadia Imanishimwe and Lisa Jordan, Drew University
- Spatial Distribution of Carcinogens Air Emissions in Puerto Rico 2007-2011
Wilson Santiago, University of Turabo & Yoel Velazquez, Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics
- Trends in Chlorine and Ammonia Accidents in the United States: 2009-2011
Veronica Tinney, Children's National Medical Center
- TRI Facility Formaldehyde Emissions and Cancer Risk in New Jersey
Carly McCrink, Alyssa Reed, and Ryan Wilson, Drew University
- TRI Releases and Public Health Outcomes
Michael Hendryx, Indiana University