Check-out three recent publications of the U.S. EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program that were posted in the Forum. These papers focus on the use of the TRI as a tool to assess the impact of green chemistry and other source reduction practices in preventing pollution and assessing industrial environmental performance.
The papers are titled:
• “Can Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) be Used to Assess Implementation and Effectiveness of Green Chemistry Practices? A Case Study Involving the Toxics Release Inventory and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers”;
• “The Impact of Pollution Prevention on Toxic Environmental Releases from U.S. manufacturing Facilities”
• “On the Design of Safer Chemicals: A Path Forward”
The US EPA’s TRI Program believes PRTRs can serve as useful tools for measuring the contribution of green chemistry and other source reduction practices in preventing pollution and meeting sustainability goals. Moreover, we find PRTRs to be uniquely well-suited for assessing the progress made by different industry sectors or specific facilities therein in implementing source reduction practices. We are currently continuing our research on other types of manufacturing facilities that are subject to the TRI reporting requirements. We hope other PRTR programs will conduct similar research.