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TRI National Analysis

Lead Releases Trend

This graph shows the trend in the pounds of lead and lead compounds disposed of or otherwise released by TRI reporting facilities including manufacturing facilities, metal mines, electric utilities, and hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities.

 

From 2007 to 2017:

  • Releases of lead and lead compounds rose and fell between 2007 and 2017, with an overall increase of 94%.
  • The metal mining sector accounts for most of the lead and lead compounds disposed of on site to land, driving the overall trend. For 2017, for example, metal mines reported 94% of total lead and lead compound releases.

From 2016 to 2017:

This graph shows the trend in lead and lead compounds disposed of or otherwise released, but excludes quantities reported by the metal mining sector.

 

From 2007 to 2017:

  • Metal mining accounts for the majority of lead and lead compounds disposed of to land.
  • Releases of lead and lead compounds have decreased by 13% (8.4 million pounds) among the other sectors. The increase in 2015 was primarily due to one hazardous waste management facility that reported releases of 24.9 million pounds of lead compounds, compared to less than 0.5 million pounds for 2014 and 2016.

This page was published in March 2019 and uses the 2017 TRI National Analysis dataset made public in TRI Explorer in October 2018.

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