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TRI Resources for Communities
EPA and other organizations have developed a variety of materials that can help communities understand and use the Toxics Release Inventory. Some of the items in this list are from 2000 and earlier, and have been included because they still contain useful information. Click on an item in the list to get details about it.
General TRI Information
- Growing the Grassroots: Integrating Environmental Justice into the Toxics Release Inventory Program
Date of publication: March 2011
Publisher: The World Resources Institute
Description: This report outlines a set of policy goals and steps for using TRI information as part of an integrated approach to better serving communities that are disproportionately impacted by pollution - also known as "environmental justice communities."
- Toxics Release Inventory Student Coursework Packets
Date of publication: April 1, 2010
Publisher: EPA Region 8 and FrontRange Earth Force
Description: This webpage contains two sets of educational materials related to using TRI data â€" one developed for the 6th grade level and one for students in MBA programs. The 6th grade materials include six different lesson plans intended to help empower students and communities to learn more about toxic releases and find ways to work with industry to lessen the impact of toxic chemicals. The 6th grade coursework is also available in Spanish.The MBA curriculum provides a summary of several case studies intended to show students how to use TRI data to evaluate companies' environmental performance and sustainability.
- Using TRI to Support Environmental Justice
Date of publication: May 25, 2010
Description: This webinar provides an overview of the TRI Program and how to access and interpret TRI information. Also included are practical examples of how communities have successfully used TRI to address environmental justice concerns, as well as a discussion of some TRI-related research that has helped EJ communities gain a better understanding of health risks associated with toxic chemicals.
- A Citizen's Guide to Reducing Toxic Risks: Using the Toxics Release Inventory (PDF)
Date of publication: 2002
Description: This pamphlet gives an introduction to TRI and illustrates how communities can use TRI to raise awareness of environmental problems and influence reductions in local pollution.
- Toxics Release Inventory Information Kit (PDF)
Date of publication: 1998
Description: This TRI starter kit includes materials that cover: "What is the Toxic Release Inventory?," "Who uses TRI?," "How does TRI affect me?," and "Where do I find TRI resources in my community?" as well as a one-page handout describing how TRI data have been used by communities, state governments and industry.
- Chemicals in your Community: A Guide to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
Date of publication: 1998
Description: This pamphlet describes EPCRA, the law that created the TRI Program. It highlights of key sections of the law, talks about how communities and others are affected by it, and has general information about how TRI data can be used.
- Teach with Databases: Toxics Release Inventory - Box set
Teach with Databases: Toxics Release Inventory - Box set
Date of publication: 1998
Publisher: National Science Teachers Association
Description: Designed for high school teachers, these materials use TRI data and hands-on activities to teach scientific skills, including a range of laboratory experiments covering sampling and analytic methods. This kit is intended to help students explore the environmental impacts of toxic chemical releases and contains:
- Toxics Release Inventory Teacher's Guide (PDF)
- Database Basics (PDF)
- Basic Guide to Environmental Issues (PDF)
- Environmental Democracy in Action: Community Right-to-Know
Date of publication: 1992
Description: This brochure talks about the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, the TRI Program, EPA's 33/50 Pollution Prevention Program and the concept of "environmental democracy."
- Chemical Releases and Chemical Risks: A Citizen's Guide to Risk Screening
Date of publication: 1989
Description: This pamphlet talks about TRI and risk screening, a tool that can be used to identify the toxic chemical releases that may require further investigation. It also explains how you can find answers to questions you might have about releases of toxic chemicals in your community.
Understanding TRI in States, Regions and Tribal Communities
- State-level TRI fact sheets and annual reports:
Description: Each year, EPA analyzes the most recent TRI data and publishes the TRI National Analysis. Several of EPA's regional offices also produce fact sheets that summarize regional-level TRI information such as the top ten facilities with the largest quantities of toxic chemical releases and the TRI chemicals released in the largest amounts.
Region 9 - Arizona, Hawaii, California, and Nevada
Region 10 - Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
- State-produced annual TRI reports:
- TRI Analysis Charts for EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)
- Description: These charts are produced annually and include rankings of the top ten industries, facilities and chemicals (based on total amount of TRI releases), plus trend charts for Region 4.
- RSEI Data Analysis Charts for EPA Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)
- Description: The Risk Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) program was used to produce a set of charts to help various organizations optimize their efforts to reduce emissions of toxic chemicals. 2007 is the most recent year available.
- Tribal Communities
Date of publication: September 8, 2010
Description: This webinar for tribal stakeholders provides an introduction to the Toxics Release Inventory and the data that can help to identify sources of toxic chemical releases on or near tribal lands. Also included are some snapshots of recent TRI data for Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages and a case study illustrating how the Winnebago tribe used TRI to investigate mercury contamination.
Date of publication: September 6, 2012
Description: This updated webinar for tribal stakeholders includes basic information about the TRI Program and why tribes should be interested, as well as a discussion about how tribes are affected by the recent TRI Tribal Rule and how they can participate in the TRI Program.