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

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  • 2002 TRI Pollution Releases Ranked by Ozone Depleting Potential
  • Top Ranked Ozone Depleting Chemical:METHYL BROMIDE
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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
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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 2,249,553 65,603
    Suspected Carcinogens 5,242,994 51,485
    Suspected Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicants 44,543,573 2,045,824
    Recognized Developmental Toxicants 28,333,907 8,046
    Suspected Developmental Toxicants 21,072,093 297,741
    Suspected Endocrine Toxicants 27,906,801 4,624
    Suspected Immunotoxicants 45,273,913 153,308
    Suspected Kidney Toxicants 24,885,123 427,976
    Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicants 83,507,283 973,895
    Suspected Musculoskeletal Toxicants 38,506,693 3,800
    Suspected Neurotoxicants 60,503,649 1,190,180
    Recognized Reproductive Toxicants 21,216,050 7,440
    Suspected Reproductive Toxicants 28,613,190 1,053,067
    Suspected Respiratory Toxicants 93,031,346 1,285,353
    Suspected Skin or Sense Organ Toxicants 92,414,440 1,053,389

    *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 151,046,440 6,723,110 21,426,605 49,906,365 229,102,520 133,121,940 NA
    1989 160,700,385 5,995,811 12,376,033 54,996,665 234,068,894 60,078,982 NA
    1990 149,744,128 5,020,273 9,155,142 63,068,506 226,988,049 36,041,334 NA
    1991 145,717,925 3,644,634 4,535,957 69,568,902 223,467,418 88,202,927 986,179,502
    1992 128,721,118 2,662,960 3,562,033 63,508,375 198,454,486 105,244,102 749,767,997
    1993 117,281,898 2,236,186 6,242,075 62,224,840 187,984,999 86,549,466 729,845,952
    1994 92,272,213 2,146,373 5,333,683 56,071,774 155,824,043 89,943,961 653,494,515
    1995 103,130,070 1,549,615 5,328,644 1,174,570 111,182,899 82,864,858 1,005,581,650
    1996 84,421,675 1,624,484 6,574,117 2,256,427 94,876,703 77,965,417 494,506,523
    1997 81,607,990 1,306,991 5,086,534 9,273,267 97,274,782 197,700,992 577,093,400
    1998 104,763,201 1,746,865 22,307,733 3,816,300 132,634,099 92,982,823 661,567,301
    1999 107,238,563 2,795,230 27,019,381 0 137,053,174 106,899,082 611,239,149
    2000 104,087,611 3,271,969 46,980,819 5 154,340,403 95,634,976 699,839,204
    2001 78,648,413 3,067,358 59,312,437 5 141,028,213 99,577,614 693,327,384
    2002 96,834,545 3,062,802 48,578,972 0 148,476,319 104,724,466 604,771,268
    "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 49.62 16.10 6,098 0 6,164 290 8,976
    2001 37.46 22.02 8,937 0 8,997 2,526 14,050
    2002 33.79 19.42 8,324 0 8,377 909 12,010
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