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Virginia 2012 Chemical Release Report
April 30, 2014

Virginia industries reported that chemicals released on-site at their facilities decreased by 16.7 percent in 2012, according to the latest Toxics Release Inventory produced by the Department of Environmental Quality.

Industries also reported 873 million pounds of chemicals managed on-site, transferred off-site or released to the environment, a 1.5 percent increase from the previous year.

DEQ compiles information on a wide range of toxic chemicals released by facilities that are required to submit reports each year. The 2012 report, which contains the most recent information available, includes these findings:

• 32.7 million pounds of chemicals were released on-site to the air, water and land (a decrease of 16.7 percent from 2011).
• 65.3 million pounds of chemicals were transferred off-site for treatment, recycling, energy recovery or disposal (a 5 percent decrease from 2011).
• 775 million pounds of chemicals were managed on-site by treatment, recycling or energy recovery (a 3 percent increase from 2011).

The report also includes data about releases of a group of chemicals known as persistent bio-accumulative toxics. These chemicals remain in the environment for long periods of time and can build up in body tissue. On-site releases of these chemicals totaled 206,964 pounds in 2012.

DEQ uses the TRI data to identify facilities for projects to reduce pollution at the source. The Virginia Environmental Excellence Program at DEQ uses incentives and assistance efforts to promote environmental stewardship beyond regulatory compliance. The goal of this initiative is to help develop more efficient technologies and business operations by reducing the amount of chemicals released to the environment and improving how the chemicals are managed.

The 2012 TRI is available on the DEQ website at www.deq.virginia.gov. Information on releases from 2013 is due to DEQ this summer and will be available to the public in early 2015.


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