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Environmental Release Report: WHATCOM County, WA
 
 
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  • 2002 Rankings: Major Chemical Releases or Waste Generation in WHATCOM 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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    *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 WHATCOM County

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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Ranked by Potential Human Health Risks
  • Top Ranked Cancer Risk:BENZENE
    List chemicals or facilities contributing to cancer risk
    Top Ranked Noncancer Risk:LEAD COMPOUNDS
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    See Scorecard's estimates of the health risks associated with outdoor air pollution for this area

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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 14,985 49
    Suspected Carcinogens 124,162 3,301
    Suspected Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicants 270,976 142,814
    Recognized Developmental Toxicants 30,078 49
    Suspected Developmental Toxicants 246,184 598
    Suspected Endocrine Toxicants 126,478 10
    Suspected Immunotoxicants 155,389 54
    Suspected Kidney Toxicants 161,294 3,942
    Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicants 373,664 14,283
    Suspected Musculoskeletal Toxicants 336,650
    Suspected Neurotoxicants 541,408 14,973
    Recognized Reproductive Toxicants 9,102 44
    Suspected Reproductive Toxicants 360,406 11,629
    Suspected Respiratory Toxicants 630,731 14,934
    Suspected Skin or Sense Organ Toxicants 771,460 13,793

    *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 2,844,680 234,698 7,575,311 0 10,654,689 621,670 NA
    1989 1,774,463 217,037 35,335 0 2,026,835 251,729 NA
    1990 1,698,386 378,954 31,085 0 2,108,425 504,895 NA
    1991 1,861,258 392,020 17,576 0 2,270,854 391,769 54,212,020
    1992 1,845,733 373,170 24,838 0 2,243,741 138,728 143,772,231
    1993 1,588,249 321,158 7,697 0 1,917,104 111,638 113,091,146
    1994 1,360,427 187,839 3,158 0 1,551,424 18,230 125,914,323
    1995 1,374,130 406,492 6,994 0 1,787,616 76,309 38,625,342
    1996 1,538,487 509,105 886 0 2,048,478 91,540 27,046,245
    1997 1,470,327 666,951 688 0 2,137,966 170,699 25,206,249
    1998 1,917,109 953,807 322 0 2,871,238 148,085 30,280,802
    1999 1,728,147 443,151 200 0 2,171,498 161,479 20,674,977
    2000 1,568,503 391,606 855 0 1,960,964 147,818 23,412,250
    2001 804,521 189,883 4,765 0 999,168 306,721 9,170,988
    2002 797,046 153,840 1,439 0 952,326 151,340 16,125,145
    "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 .9896 4.73 0 0 5.72 3.58 9.38
    2001 .1964 .1763 0 0 .3727 3.02 3.56
    2002 .2653 .1874 0 0 .4527 2.00 2.81
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