to land, air and water
DOVER (Jan. 9, 2017) – The annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data report from Delaware’s industrial facilities as compiled by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Emergency Prevention and Response Section continues to show the state’s progress in reducing toxic releases into the environment. TRI data from 2016 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) shows a decrease in onsite releases to land, air and water – all as compared to 2015 TRI figures.
Total onsite releases were down 27 percent in Delaware for 2016 – with releases to land down 24 percent, releases to air down 23 percent and releases to water down 27 percent. Onsite releases represent only a very small portion of total TRI reported waste. For 2016, less than 1 percent of the total-reported TRI waste was released onsite, while 2.7 percent was transferred off-site for treatment or disposal, and 96.5 percent was managed onsite through treatment, energy recovery, and recycling operations by the facilities generating the waste. Total waste for 2016 was down 9 percent compared with 2015.
“The 2016 TRI reporting offers the consensus that Delaware's manufacturing and industrial facilities continue to keep productivity high while working responsibly with concern for our environment,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. "The latest TRI data set further confirms that what began almost 15 years as a trend in decreasing toxic releases to our air, land and water has become the rule for the state's reporting facilities. Today’s TRI reporting is attributable to enhanced technology, industry best practices, regulatory requirements and the public's expectations for a cleaner environment – expectations which DNREC works every day to meet for protecting public health and preventing environmental risks. However, we must stay vigilant to ensure these trends continue to decrease.”
The major changes impacting the increases and decreases for the year are covered below in the Delaware TRI summary and in greater detail throughout the report. Releases to air, land and water in Delaware are permitted by DNREC under environmental standards at both the national and state level. Permits granted by the department allow for limited discharge of pollutants within these standards that have been established both for protecting the environment and public health.
Please refer to the attached factsheet for background on TRI and a summary of the 2016 TRI data. (The full TRI 2016 report and data are available at:
https://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/SERC/Pages/Reports.aspx and can also be found on Delaware’s Open Data Portal at https://data.delaware.gov/Energy-and-Environment/Toxics-Release-Inventory/9bws-2xkb.)