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Mission Support for EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collects data each year about toxic chemical releases from an estimated 21,000 industrial facilities through federal reporting requirements under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program. EPA shares this data regularly to provide a better understanding of the sources and quantities of toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities implemented by those facilities. The TRI Program’s core mission is to provide this data for the public as part of the community right-to-know principle.

TRI data is a vital resource for informing the agency’s understanding of where toxic chemical releases occur in the U.S. and how those releases may impact the communities near industrial facilities. TRI data can be used as inputs for chemical risk management planning and environmental justice analyses. Online data access platforms also make it available to community users and local groups who wish to look up TRI data in their own neighborhoods.

Abt Associates provides EPA with a range of capabilities for activities across the TRI data lifecycle. Our support hinges on a deep knowledge of the TRI data structure and reporting requirements, how to analyze the data to look at trends in releases and the potential impacts in communities, and the relevance of TRI data to other EPA programs. All of this knowledge is applied to promote the usage of TRI data both by the public and within EPA.

Abt’s interdisciplinary support for the TRI Program has led to a wide range of analyses, outreach materials, and other resources for EPA, TRI reporters, and the public. In recent years, Abt has also helped the TRI Program leverage the use of digital technologies and platforms to conduct more advanced analyses and provide greater access to TRI data and guidance materials for other EPA programs, TRI reporters, and the public.

Regulatory Development

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Reporting Guidance and Training

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Abt develops guidance and training materials to help TRI reporters understand these requirements.  

Data Analysis

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Abt conducts analyses of TRI data to provide EPA with more detailed perspectives on trends and activities in specific industry sectors or related to specific chemicals.

  • Food and automotive manufacturing profiles
  • Measuring the impacts of source reduction
  • Alternatives assessments
  • Compliance/enforcement support, including data quality analyses and non-reporter analyses

Data Management

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Abt develops and maintains EPA’s Risk-Screening Environmental Indicators (RSEI) model, which uses TRI air and water release data to model the fate, transport, and potential exposure of these chemicals in the community.

Communications and Outreach

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Abt’s suite of communication support for the TRI Program helps EPA to work with different stakeholders, users, and audiences.

Digital Content Development

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Through the use of our digital capabilities, Abt helps the TRI Program develop online tools for improving access to TRI data. These tools are available for public use and provide an easy way for anyone to find, analyze, and download data about toxic chemical releases and source reduction activities.

  • TRI Search and TRI Search Plus
  • TRI P2 Industry Profile
  • TRI for Tribal Communities webpage
 
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