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Environmental Release Report: COLORADO
 
 
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  • 2002 Rankings: Major Chemical Releases or Waste Generation in COLORADO*
    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 COLORADO

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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: LEAD 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 99,557 284
    Suspected Carcinogens 116,859 31
    Suspected Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicants 2,015,258 5,016,701
    Recognized Developmental Toxicants 217,611 277
    Suspected Developmental Toxicants 1,511,670 11,318
    Suspected Endocrine Toxicants 219,726 96
    Suspected Immunotoxicants 1,004,391 1,066
    Suspected Kidney Toxicants 984,034 16,816
    Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicants 2,679,004 25,656
    Suspected Musculoskeletal Toxicants 1,222,449
    Suspected Neurotoxicants 2,522,880 47,727
    Recognized Reproductive Toxicants 29,632 269
    Suspected Reproductive Toxicants 1,814,774 46,909
    Suspected Respiratory Toxicants 3,108,773 53,321
    Suspected Skin or Sense Organ Toxicants 2,449,408 19,038

    *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 12,281,531 100,699 8,350,245 1,000 20,733,475 28,577,902 NA
    1989 10,436,465 146,944 890,780 500 11,474,689 5,586,092 NA
    1990 6,986,655 209,080 479,945 280 7,675,960 3,694,767 NA
    1991 6,131,986 195,424 487,966 500 6,815,876 11,825,025 61,466,051
    1992 5,285,296 139,971 278,190 500 5,703,957 15,238,640 63,279,055
    1993 4,533,970 189,656 286,900 500 5,011,026 19,218,761 64,620,721
    1994 3,879,703 80,687 214,743 0 4,175,133 16,987,983 65,891,602
    1995 4,159,933 294,179 121,314 0 4,575,426 17,176,843 142,086,022
    1996 3,577,015 909,035 103,774 0 4,589,824 25,376,083 64,975,932
    1997 3,463,918 928,029 104,687 5 4,496,639 40,988,287 56,145,690
    1998 4,994,867 1,001,976 15,166,298 3,975,708 25,138,849 33,215,079 85,368,967
    1999 4,130,094 3,135,241 13,683,705 143,612 21,092,652 32,022,841 83,704,590
    2000 3,831,194 3,171,556 17,754,944 0 24,757,694 37,828,249 104,167,696
    2001 3,604,379 3,752,564 24,067,389 0 31,424,333 41,839,496 115,554,139
    2002 3,250,918 5,062,968 12,855,298 0 21,169,184 51,396,804 113,158,712
    "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 8.26 .06 0 0 8.32 .0012 8.32
    2001 5.81 .074 0 0 5.89 6.92 17.88
    2002 5.95 .095 0 0 6.04 9.03 25.19
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