What You Can Do
It's your right to know what toxic chemicals are being used in your community.
On this page:
- What can I do with the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data I find?
- What can I do if I think there's a problem at a facility?
- What can I do if there's a facility-related emergency?
- How can I get more information?
- Where can I get help if I want to talk to someone?
- You can use TRI data (along with other environmental information) to discuss your community’s environmental health concerns with:
- Neighborhood associations/community groups
- Environmental organizations
- Local colleges and researchers
- Environmental, natural resources, health and/or planning government agencies
- Local and state elected officials
- Industry trade associations
- Industrial facilities
- Use TRI pollution prevention (P2) data to encourage local facilities to implement new P2 activities or expand existing activities.
- Check out our "TRI in Action" report for examples of how individuals and groups are using TRI data to make a difference.
- Report this information to EPA so it can be investigated. EPA, states and tribes regularly monitor each facility's compliance with all environmental regulations.
- Find out if the facility is in compliance with EPA laws and regulations using EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online website.
- Contact your state office of environmental protection for additional information on facility performance, state environmental laws, and environmental conditions.
- Contact the appropriate TRI regional coordinator. EPA's regional offices oversee federal environmental regulations in several states and territories.
- Contact the Office of Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) for worker safety concerns.
- Directly contact company representatives to ask questions about the data they've provided to EPA. Public contact information for each TRI facility can be found in Section 4.4 of each reporting Form R submitted to EPA. Form Rs can be found by searching for a particular facility in Envirofacts.
Your Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) has information on facilities and emergency response plans for your area. Staff at your local fire department will know whom to contact. In the case of an oil spill or other environmental emergency, please contact the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.
TRI is only one piece of the puzzle. While TRI provides important information about toxic chemical releases in your community, seeing the whole picture requires additional data. Here are some supplemental resources:
- EPA's "My Environment" Tool: Find information on air, water, energy, land, health, and more for a specific location.
- "Tools With TRI Data" section of TRI Data and Tools webpage: Use multiple EPA data sources for comparative analysis
- Toxic Chemical Risk and Health Resources: Links to information compiled by EPA and other federal agencies.
If you have TRI-related questions, you may want to: