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TRI Data Uses
What can you do with TRI?
For more than 20 years, individuals and organizations have been relying on the Toxics Release Inventory as a powerful tool for environmental protection. Have you been wondering what you can do with TRI data?
Our report, TRI in Action (PDF), includes examples of how people have been putting TRI to work.
We encourage you to view the full report and also tell us about your experiences using TRI in our new discussion forum. You can also see some examples highlighted in the table below.
You can also view the 2003 report, How are the Toxics Release Inventory Data Used? (PDF)
Please note that the links in the table below go to non-EPA websites. The TRI data uses referenced in the linked materials are provided as examples; EPA is not endorsing the individuals, groups, and organizations who have used TRI data or their products.
|TRI User Type||How TRI Can Be Used||Examples|
|Citizen/Community||Conduct analyses and risk assessments; identify potential public health concerns|
|Government||Prioritize environmental targets; evaluate effectiveness of environmental policies|
|Academic||Research public exposure to toxic materials; assess environmental justice concerns|
|Industry||Track progress toward corporate sustainability goals; identify opportunities for cost savings|
|Media||Monitor trends in toxic chemical releases in communities nationwide; investigate corporate environmental performance|
|Advocacy||Influence improvements in environmental performance; campaign for more comprehensive environmental policies|