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Environmental Release Report: PENNSYLVANIA
 
 
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  • 2002 Rankings: Major Chemical Releases or Waste Generation in PENNSYLVANIA*
    Cleanest/Best States Percentile Dirtiest/Worst States
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    Cancer risk score (air and water releases):
    Noncancer risk score (air and water releases):
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    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 PENNSYLVANIA

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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Ranked by Ozone Depleting Potential
  • Top Ranked Ozone Depleting Chemical:1,1-DICHLORO-1-FLUOROETHANE
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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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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Sorted by Health Effect*
  • Air Releases
    (Pounds from TRI sources)
    Water Releases
    (Pounds from TRI sources)
    Recognized Carcinogens 3,424,575 27,807
    Suspected Carcinogens 1,761,009 26,428
    Suspected Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicants 17,626,524 9,360,077
    Recognized Developmental Toxicants 2,800,857 23,371
    Suspected Developmental Toxicants 15,655,850 55,836
    Suspected Endocrine Toxicants 4,068,154 52,317
    Suspected Immunotoxicants 60,088,095 88,394
    Suspected Kidney Toxicants 13,542,383 96,523
    Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicants 73,432,030 203,114
    Suspected Musculoskeletal Toxicants 66,900,424 1,994
    Suspected Neurotoxicants 25,385,587 336,042
    Recognized Reproductive Toxicants 396,319 6,909
    Suspected Reproductive Toxicants 19,374,540 246,616
    Suspected Respiratory Toxicants 86,720,635 396,222
    Suspected Skin or Sense Organ Toxicants 84,402,517 273,328

    *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 94,402,389 4,548,274 45,242,686 45,640 144,238,989 143,810,308 NA
    1989 84,225,614 2,196,862 21,755,723 269 108,178,468 90,069,569 NA
    1990 79,281,918 1,632,555 15,153,295 120 96,067,888 95,232,480 NA
    1991 69,566,324 1,242,510 7,845,206 0 78,654,040 196,127,964 1,133,072,921
    1992 64,710,425 1,357,871 5,056,820 250 71,125,366 212,889,182 1,182,967,889
    1993 53,037,741 1,065,229 1,176,122 752 55,279,844 300,933,103 1,236,929,778
    1994 50,047,846 1,406,313 1,846,691 0 53,300,850 280,717,340 1,304,331,555
    1995 47,232,633 5,487,942 1,539,478 0 54,260,053 241,076,794 1,147,135,201
    1996 41,369,156 22,786,860 2,574,477 0 66,730,493 230,614,084 889,461,134
    1997 39,695,312 38,517,818 1,672,011 0 79,885,141 501,370,171 913,990,992
    1998 97,630,361 46,127,024 12,054,390 160,801 155,972,576 260,313,653 1,099,868,769
    1999 109,391,904 49,055,456 13,212,611 0 171,659,971 303,971,154 1,173,083,021
    2000 96,898,649 43,260,726 14,787,090 0 154,946,464 308,753,539 1,261,753,134
    2001 89,014,383 18,741,429 11,522,734 0 119,278,546 258,342,071 1,189,715,751
    2002 89,234,315 9,712,933 12,040,196 0 110,987,443 215,614,443 1,207,401,771
    "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 173 4.51 12.47 0 190 158 529
    2001 206 .9513 5.06 0 212 170 396
    2002 304 .8918 3.66 0 309 .466 503
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