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Environmental Release Report: PUERTO RICO
 
 
  • 2002 Rankings: Major Chemical Releases or Waste Generation in PUERTO RICO*
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    Cancer risk score (air and water releases):
    Noncancer risk score (air and water releases):
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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 PUERTO RICO

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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Ranked by Ozone Depleting Potential
  • Top Ranked Ozone Depleting Chemical:DICHLORODIFLUOROMETHANE
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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Ranked by Potential Human Health Risks
  • Top Ranked Cancer Risk: NICKEL COMPOUNDS
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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 1,303,857 2,895
    Suspected Carcinogens 67,041 149
    Suspected Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicants 1,940,529 12,062
    Recognized Developmental Toxicants 222,857 343
    Suspected Developmental Toxicants 694,187 2,723
    Suspected Endocrine Toxicants 1,245,740 24
    Suspected Immunotoxicants 470,355 3,007
    Suspected Kidney Toxicants 1,889,012 990
    Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicants 2,481,107 489
    Suspected Musculoskeletal Toxicants 7,337,140
    Suspected Neurotoxicants 2,588,023 746
    Recognized Reproductive Toxicants 32,639 185
    Suspected Reproductive Toxicants 2,310,299 3,120
    Suspected Respiratory Toxicants 9,990,440 3,300
    Suspected Skin or Sense Organ Toxicants 8,490,953 3,021

    *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 14,988,968 150,225 141,965 0 15,281,158 15,397,413 NA
    1989 14,120,988 64,014 131,508 250 14,316,760 11,551,823 NA
    1990 18,170,579 118,086 58,281 743 18,347,689 12,183,989 NA
    1991 17,430,123 119,417 130,650 0 17,680,190 35,357,233 120,133,658
    1992 15,189,394 45,961 38,263 250 15,273,868 31,142,617 105,429,179
    1993 13,196,123 16,531 10,407 0 13,223,061 33,085,065 111,124,609
    1994 9,333,897 8,501 4,526 4 9,346,928 29,408,950 93,535,390
    1995 9,397,960 22,262 4,456 0 9,424,678 30,814,780 87,260,221
    1996 7,754,882 220,557 7,095 0 7,982,534 32,122,324 82,526,517
    1997 7,154,090 17,529 4,772 0 7,176,391 62,096,246 80,867,006
    1998 16,236,653 201,786 164,298 0 16,602,737 44,619,175 96,657,087
    1999 17,289,076 80,784 169,867 0 17,539,727 60,845,066 115,107,903
    2000 17,486,932 111,380 12,085 2 17,610,399 57,711,203 115,699,186
    2001 14,556,276 35,624 13,914 0 14,605,814 64,496,174 129,980,743
    2002 10,078,584 13,378 701,079 0 10,793,041 53,615,730 125,990,126
    "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 16.50 .00218 0 0 16.50 .6577 16.50
    2001 13.23 .00277 0 0 13.23 .4236 13.65
    2002 13.53 0 0 0 13.53 .3539 13.89
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