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DNREC News: 2011 TRI data continues downward trend in emissions

DNREC’s compilation of the annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data and reports for 2011 from Delaware’s industrial facilities shows a significant decrease in reported emissions compared to 2010 despite increasing industrial productivity – and a continued trend in reduction in environmental releases and pollution since the first data was collected for 1987.

In this 25th year of TRI data collection from facilities, the 2011 data continues to reflect the effectiveness of anti-pollution efforts by both industry and government regulatory programs in decreasing emissions. Since 1990 Delaware facilities have reduced on-site releases of their original TRI reportable chemicals by 91 percent. The year 1990 is typically used as a base year over 1987, since the TRI reporting requirements were phased in over the first several years.  Delaware facilities have also reduced the total of on-site releases of the original chemicals, the chemicals added in 1995, and the electric generating facilities added in 1998, by 71 percent.

“Productivity is up and emissions are down," said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “We are demonstrating in Delaware that we can have both a healthy environment and a strong economy – and we are committed to improving the environmental quality further by working with all industrial facilities to reduce toxic chemical emissions.