Thursday, January 29, 2015
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

epaFRANKFORT COUNTY, KY (1/15/13) – A study of annual reporting data by Kentucky industries indicates Kentucky saw a reduction in toxic environmental releases in 2011, according to the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP).
 
Within Kentucky, there were a total of 423 facilities and 154 chemicals reported for the 2011 calendar year.
 
Under the national Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program, industries within specific sectors that manufacture, process or use amounts of chemicals over the thresholds established by the 1986 Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act must report releases, transfers, disposal, reuse and recycling activities to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the corresponding state agency by July 1 of each year for the previous calendar year.
 
The Kentucky DEP conducted an analysis of the reporting data submitted for calendar year 2011 and compiled its report which can be downloaded at http://dca.ky.gov/Documents/KyTRIAnalysis.pdf .
 
According to the report:
 
• On-site releases in Kentucky for 2011 were 73,037,155 pounds, off-site releases were 10,566,530 pounds, and total on-site and off-site releases and disposal were reported as 83,603,686 pounds in 2011.
• On-site releases decreased 11,583,364 pounds (13.7 percent) from 2010 reports, off-site releases decreased 1,761,972 pounds (14.3 percent), and total reductions of 13,345,335 pounds were reported compared to the 2010 reporting year which is a 13.8 percent decrease for total releases.
• More than 90 percent of the amount reported for TRI chemicals was attributed to recycling, treatment, and energy recovery, rather than released or disposed of in environmental media (air, water, or land).
• Trends in reported releases for the last five years and the core chemicals and industries since 1988 have shown a downward trend that specifically reflects the success of the Clean Air Act and air quality standards.
• Total releases in nine out of the top ten counties with the highest amounts also decreased from 2010 to 2011 reporting years. On-site releases in eight of the top 10 counties decreased from 2010 to 2011.
• Total releases for nine out of the top 10 facilities decreased from 2010 to 2011.
• Air emissions from electrical utilities in 2011 decreased from 2010 and 2009 values.
• With reduction in reported releases, the potential impact on communities that may be disproportionately impacted has also decreased.
 
The TRI program was established in response to the 1986 chemical release incident in Bhopal, India. The purpose of the program’s study is to provide information to federal and state agencies and make the data available to the public. The EPA compiles the data and publishes the information for public information and analysis.
 
For more information on the Toxic Release Inventory visit: www.epa.gov\tri
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Dick Brown

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Kentucky 351/Zion Road Safety Project Work Starts Feb. 2

KENTUCKY (1/28/15) — Construction on a project to improve the alignment of two curves along Kentucky 351/Zion Road in… Read More

Letter to the Editor - Month of Mentors

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/28/15) — January is National Mentoring Month. We would like to acknowledge our volunteers to let… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

January 28, 2015 13916

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 23, 2015 9676

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 22, 2015 7561

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 7249

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 22, 2015 6850

MCEA Head: Further School Mergers Might Ease…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 25, 2015 6172

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 26, 2015 6144

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
January 23, 2015 5984

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 21142

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 20943

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 28, 2015 13916

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 28, 2015 4919

Nortonville Man Accused of Meth Possession,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 26, 2015 4021

School Board Votes 3-2 for Utility Tax

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 27, 2015 3754

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Karen McKnight, Hopkins Circuit Clerk
January 28, 2015 2793

Tax Recall Committee Formed Day After School…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 27, 2015 2107

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 27, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 27, 2015 1672

Power of a Positive Attitude

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
January 27, 2015 1668

Whitfield Works to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

in General News For All Sites by Marty Irby
January 27, 2015 1660

NHRA North Central Division Names Dallas Jones…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Telia Butler
January 27, 2015 1626

Restless Legs Syndrome Affects Many

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
January 28, 2015 1496

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 28, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 27, 2015 1318

Practice Weather-Related Pet Safety

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News