Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
1,939,245 tons (2017)

1,820,156 tons

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

1,939,245 tons of toxic pollutants were released in 2017

Reduce the amount of toxic pollutants released into the environment

Target-Setting Method


Some industries use chemicals that can cause cancer and other serious health problems, and some of these chemicals can stay in the environment for a long time. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) tracks the release of certain toxic chemicals into the air or water. Information from the TRI is critical for notifying communities about possible exposure to harmful chemicals, and it can inform regulations and policies to decrease the release of these chemicals.