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

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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: CHROMIUM COMPOUNDS
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    Top Ranked Noncancer Risk: LEAD 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 235,220 6,814
    Suspected Carcinogens 143,938 386
    Suspected Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicants 1,908,787 1,962
    Recognized Developmental Toxicants 545,556 31
    Suspected Developmental Toxicants 1,473,449 1,578
    Suspected Endocrine Toxicants 187,269 55
    Suspected Immunotoxicants 3,351,392 7,913
    Suspected Kidney Toxicants 1,840,372 58,052
    Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicants 5,643,861 6,459
    Suspected Musculoskeletal Toxicants 3,102,964
    Suspected Neurotoxicants 3,257,502 6,444
    Recognized Reproductive Toxicants 26,873 31
    Suspected Reproductive Toxicants 2,480,425 7,180
    Suspected Respiratory Toxicants 6,140,087 8,158
    Suspected Skin or Sense Organ Toxicants 5,672,520 7,691

    *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 28,214,974 1,565,853 2,175,896 4,000 31,960,723 58,892,567 NA
    1989 25,406,199 838,156 103,288 0 26,347,643 30,223,799 NA
    1990 21,841,347 264,210 53,520 50 22,159,127 20,375,346 NA
    1991 17,194,598 396,837 167,529 0 17,758,964 38,993,352 178,006,889
    1992 15,122,276 74,786 95,302 0 15,292,364 42,192,555 173,397,704
    1993 11,619,413 46,298 51,920 0 11,717,631 38,468,929 146,257,578
    1994 9,152,293 11,995 18,960 0 9,183,248 43,999,005 122,587,335
    1995 7,996,222 116,200 28,631 0 8,141,053 45,743,843 119,345,718
    1996 6,562,722 81,830 15,944 0 6,660,496 48,456,720 112,194,541
    1997 5,620,129 49,400 48,034 0 5,717,563 87,608,939 100,313,099
    1998 10,701,098 61,602 43,632 0 10,806,332 46,912,688 115,528,599
    1999 8,824,673 95,272 7,084 0 8,927,029 46,882,367 109,886,791
    2000 9,285,870 199,958 370,712 0 9,856,540 49,463,775 103,353,960
    2001 7,415,881 73,437 125,118 0 7,614,437 43,760,692 90,338,899
    2002 6,258,838 65,672 101,643 0 6,426,154 41,973,441 87,530,519
    "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 11.66 .07 0 0 11.73 .1978 12.07
    2001 11.45 .1 0 0 11.55 .35 11.90
    2002 10.46 .15 0 0 10.61 .481 12.77
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