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Environmental Release Report: HARRIS County, TX
 
 
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  • 2002 Rankings: Major Chemical Releases or Waste Generation in HARRIS County*
    Cleanest/Best Counties in US Percentile Dirtiest/Worst Counties in US
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    Total environmental releases:
    Cancer risk score (air and water releases):
    Noncancer risk score (air and water releases):
    Air releases of recognized carcinogens:
    Air releases of recognized developmental toxicants:
    Air releases of recognized reproductive toxicants:

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    Rank counties in TEXAS or facilities in HARRIS County by chemical releases or waste generation

    *Note: These rankings are based on chemical releases and transfers reported by industrial facilities to the Toxics Release Inventory, and do not take into account major sources of pollution or toxic chemicals that are not covered by TRI.

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  • Environmental Justice Analysis for HARRIS County

    View Summary Environmental Justice Report (en español).

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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Ranked by Ozone Depleting Potential
  • Top Ranked Ozone Depleting Chemical:CARBON TETRACHLORIDE
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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Ranked by Potential Human Health Risks
  • Top Ranked Cancer Risk:CARBON TETRACHLORIDE
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    Top Ranked Noncancer Risk:MERCURY COMPOUNDS
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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Sorted by Health Effect*
  • Air Releases
    (Pounds from TRI sources)
    Water Releases
    (Pounds from TRI sources)
    Recognized Carcinogens 2,547,020 6,085
    Suspected Carcinogens 1,797,649 6,925
    Suspected Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicants 6,653,790 3,001,928
    Recognized Developmental Toxicants 2,235,455 1,961
    Suspected Developmental Toxicants 6,693,141 120,559
    Suspected Endocrine Toxicants 2,105,184 2,880
    Suspected Immunotoxicants 4,648,218 17,071
    Suspected Kidney Toxicants 7,303,795 137,906
    Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicants 10,879,669 242,323
    Suspected Musculoskeletal Toxicants 1,918,017 5
    Suspected Neurotoxicants 15,327,484 260,944
    Recognized Reproductive Toxicants 1,387,665 1,309
    Suspected Reproductive Toxicants 6,415,770 132,164
    Suspected Respiratory Toxicants 19,677,563 277,374
    Suspected Skin or Sense Organ Toxicants 12,531,862 253,209

    *Note: Some chemicals are associated with more than one health effect, so their release may be counted multiple times in this table. Therefore, it is not appropriate to sum releases sorted by health effect. Total reported releases to air and water are provided in the data summary below.
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  • What We Don't Know About Chemical Safety and Harm
  • Air Releases
    6 TRI chemicals released to air in the United States lack the risk assessment values required for safety assessment
    218 TRI chemicals released to air in the United States lack the exposure estimates required for safety assessment
    Water Releases
    5 TRI chems released to water in the United States lack the risk assessment values required for safety assessment
    172 TRI chemicals released to water in the United States lack the exposure estimates required for safety assessment
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  • TRI Data Summary
  • Environmental Releases, Transfers, and Production-Related Waste (Pounds from TRI sources)
    Year Air Releases Water Releases Land Releases Underground Injection Total Environmental Releases Total Off-Site Transfers Total Production-Related Waste
    1988 54,340,800 1,638,850 6,167,503 29,047,441 91,194,594 117,577,973 NA
    1989 51,751,476 1,972,344 2,797,017 17,423,449 73,944,286 73,836,048 NA
    1990 44,551,558 1,189,211 1,827,093 15,840,033 63,407,895 71,172,178 NA
    1991 44,122,689 1,018,694 1,431,723 17,623,622 64,196,728 147,496,927 1,150,401,374
    1992 44,279,276 14,643,738 867,004 17,409,516 77,199,534 150,458,642 1,175,755,632
    1993 42,771,392 732,771 1,171,665 14,496,367 59,172,195 145,143,162 1,307,330,294
    1994 37,389,537 1,811,335 972,475 14,410,768 54,584,115 117,922,659 1,203,812,805
    1995 30,871,102 1,679,902 879,883 22,854,429 56,285,316 180,596,722 1,285,852,475
    1996 31,061,457 1,255,563 651,951 15,133,350 48,102,321 117,552,409 1,224,721,021
    1997 28,039,820 1,472,982 941,914 10,805,019 41,259,735 255,920,792 1,246,938,188
    1998 25,799,958 3,887,368 715,481 12,474,204 42,877,011 164,720,362 1,311,629,104
    1999 25,196,501 6,002,476 777,039 13,355,530 45,331,546 155,916,900 1,487,974,592
    2000 23,038,676 2,931,103 734,884 15,048,433 41,753,096 155,719,738 1,286,324,740
    2001 21,026,725 2,927,972 578,280 11,219,780 35,752,758 149,245,800 1,304,935,849
    2002 20,449,130 3,263,027 606,647 9,807,883 34,126,686 162,283,995 1,362,824,273
    "NA" means that no data are available because "Total-Production Related Waste" was not reported until 1991.
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  • Dioxin Compounds Summary
  • Environmental Releases, Transfers, and Production-Related Waste (Grams of Dioxin Compounds from TRI sources)
    Year Air Releases Water Releases Land Releases Underground Injection Total Environmental Releases Total Off-Site Transfers Total Production-Related Waste
    2000 60.60 35.77 .1421 0 96.52 20,690 21,670
    2001 61.87 16.20 3.57 0 81.65 19,840 44,620
    2002 63.43 9.98 14.27 0 87.68 5,219 133,100
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