Status: Target met or exceeded

  
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Target met or exceeded

Most Recent Data:
1,690,240 tons (2019)

Target:
1,862,612 tons 1

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

Baseline:
1,970,088 tons of toxic pollutants were released in 2017 2

Reduce the amount of toxic pollutants released into the environment

Target-Setting Method
Projection

Summary

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.



1. Target has been revised. See Data Methodology and Measurement for more information.

2. Baseline has been revised. See Data Methodology and Measurement for more information.