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Environmental Release Report: NORTH CAROLINA
 
 
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  • 2002 Rankings: Major Chemical Releases or Waste Generation in NORTH CAROLINA*
    Cleanest/Best States Percentile Dirtiest/Worst States
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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 NORTH CAROLINA

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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Ranked by Ozone Depleting Potential
  • Top Ranked Ozone Depleting Chemical:BROMOTRIFLUOROMETHANE
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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Ranked by Potential Human Health Risks
  • Top Ranked Cancer Risk: ARSENIC (ORGANIC OR INORGANIC COMPOUNDS)
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    Top Ranked Noncancer Risk: MERCURY 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 2,709,521 78,779
    Suspected Carcinogens 1,787,438 15,794
    Suspected Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicants 19,133,090 8,341,200
    Recognized Developmental Toxicants 4,595,057 3,310
    Suspected Developmental Toxicants 24,905,039 175,010
    Suspected Endocrine Toxicants 2,887,027 883
    Suspected Immunotoxicants 64,834,182 103,754
    Suspected Kidney Toxicants 23,462,705 228,168
    Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicants 88,792,663 306,607
    Suspected Musculoskeletal Toxicants 65,700,484 780
    Suspected Neurotoxicants 35,809,412 540,137
    Recognized Reproductive Toxicants 103,715 2,354
    Suspected Reproductive Toxicants 22,277,342 371,688
    Suspected Respiratory Toxicants 95,791,777 575,878
    Suspected Skin or Sense Organ Toxicants 92,659,017 362,770

    *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 122,983,018 2,027,060 23,664,464 0 148,674,542 46,696,011 NA
    1989 96,478,097 932,863 28,174,616 0 125,585,576 20,286,082 NA
    1990 90,846,148 1,373,269 33,055,971 75 125,275,463 17,821,943 NA
    1991 86,146,499 790,032 23,604,818 0 110,541,349 142,338,223 866,044,728
    1992 92,433,844 764,418 20,760,245 0 113,958,507 137,014,922 887,063,558
    1993 75,158,591 727,669 16,096,457 0 91,982,717 122,137,315 930,400,735
    1994 70,669,752 991,084 17,449,478 0 89,110,314 124,335,213 1,044,026,977
    1995 65,805,573 2,622,401 17,732,509 0 86,160,483 126,799,448 2,401,080,158
    1996 59,945,167 2,544,384 18,686,032 0 81,175,583 109,167,031 733,311,487
    1997 51,842,321 6,456,319 18,578,696 29,100 76,906,436 229,222,174 803,484,069
    1998 93,353,136 7,398,387 27,026,078 29,100 127,806,701 108,227,916 858,560,425
    1999 123,616,100 9,180,497 18,805,589 0 151,602,186 98,811,569 761,863,461
    2000 125,660,985 9,165,369 11,280,855 0 146,107,209 106,081,608 801,814,328
    2001 115,110,864 9,887,436 12,415,845 0 137,414,146 122,767,716 662,018,555
    2002 96,440,334 8,891,061 13,397,693 0 118,729,088 117,782,296 623,719,741
    "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 68.97 3.46 2.67 0 75.10 6,477 6,574
    2001 497 2.46 122 0 622 1,017 1,587
    2002 498 2.50 135 0 636 438 982
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