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TRI National Analysis

Regional Profile for EPA Region 2

This section examines TRI reporting in EPA Region 2. Region 2 includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and 8 tribes.

TRI National Analysis Region 2

Region 2 covers 10% of the US population and includes 5% of all facilities that report to TRI. For state- and tribe-specific TRI data, see the Where You Live section and the Tribal Communities section.

This chart shows the industry sectors with the most TRI-reporting facilities in Region 2.

 

Note: Percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

In 2018:

  • 1,074 facilities in Region 2 reported to TRI. These facilities were most commonly in the chemical manufacturing or fabricated metals (i.e., manufacture of metal products) sectors. The number of facilities and sectors reporting for 2018 were similar to 2017 reporting for the region.
  • Most releases in Region 2 were from the hazardous waste management, chemical manufacturing, petroleum products manufacturing, electric utilities, and primary metals (including iron and steel manufacturing, and foundries) sectors. Note that relatively few facilities in the hazardous waste management and petroleum products manufacturing sectors reported to TRI in this region and those sectors are included in “All Others” in the pie chart above. Nationwide, the metal mining, chemical manufacturing, electric utilities, primary metals, and hazardous waste sectors reported the highest releases.

For information on the facilities with the greatest releases in the region, see the Region 2 TRI Factsheet.

The following graph shows the annual quantities of TRI chemicals in production-related waste Helpproduction-related wasteThe sum of all non-accidental chemical waste generated at a facility. It is the sum of on-site environmental releases (minus quantities from non-routine, one-time events), on-site waste management (recycling, treatment, and combustion for energy recovery), and off-site transfers for disposal, treatment, recycling or energy recovery. managed by facilities located in Region 2. For more details on quantities released, toggle to the Releases graph.

 

Note: For comparability, trend graphs include only those chemicals that were reportable to TRI for all years presented. Total production-related waste reported for 2018 in Region 2 was higher than shown here due to large treatment quantities of hydrogen sulfide, which was added to the TRI chemical list in 2012.

In 2018:

  • Facilities reported managing 760 million pounds of production-related waste, 95% of which was recycled, combusted for energy recovery, or treated. Only 5% was disposed of or otherwise released into the environment. Nationally, 12% of production-related waste was disposed of or otherwise released into the environment.
  • Since 2017, quantities of production-related waste managed decreased by 5%, driven by a reduction in the quantity of waste treated.

From 2007 to 2018:

  • Total production-related waste managed decreased by 85 million pounds (13%). Quantities of production-related waste treated, combusted for energy recovery, and disposed of or otherwise released decreased, while quantities of production-related waste recycled increased. Nationally, quantities of production-related waste managed increased by 28% since 2007, driven by increased recycling.

The following graph shows the annual quantities of TRI chemicals released by facilities located in Region 2.

 

Note: For comparability, trend graphs include only those chemicals that were reportable to TRI for all years presented.

In 2018:

  • 2018 Highlight

    Variability in TRI releases in Region 2 is due to changes in releases reported by hazardous waste management facilities, where release quantities can vary widely year to year. 

    Facilities reported 40 million pounds of releases.
  • The chemicals released in the greatest quantities by medium were:
    • ammonia and sulfuric acid to air;
    • nitrate compounds to water;
    • asbestos to land; and
    • zinc and zinc compounds and nitrate compounds transferred off site for disposal.
  • Since 2017, releases increased by 749,000 pounds (2%). Air releases and off-site transfers for disposal increased, while water and land releases decreased. Nationally, releases decreased by 3% since 2017.
  • Contribution by state or territory to the Region 2 releases in pounds were: New York (53%), New Jersey (31%), Puerto Rico (15%), and US Virgin Islands (<1%).
  • To consider the potential health risk from chronic exposure to these releases, EPA uses a risk-screening score from the RSEI model. Contributions by state or territory to the RSEI score for Region 2 were: New Jersey (42%), New York (40%), Puerto Rico (18%), and US Virgin Islands (<1%).

From 2007 to 2018:

  • Releases in Region 2 decreased by 22 million pounds (35%), driven by reduced releases from electric utilities. Nationally, total disposal or other releases of TRI chemicals decreased by 9% since 2007.
  • Quantities of chemicals released to air and water substantially decreased, while releases to land and off-site transfers for disposal increased.
  • The increased releases for 2015 shown in the graph were caused by off-site transfers for disposal of several chemicals from a hazardous waste management facility in Kearny, New Jersey. [Click to view facility details in the P2 tool].

Source Reduction

In 2018, 7% of facilities in Region 2 (73 facilities) reported implementing new source reduction activities. Source reduction reporting rates in the region were among the highest in the computers and electronic products sector, where 11% of facilities reported source reduction activities. As one example of source reduction in Region 2, a facility’s metal shop uses a nesting software program to help mate dissimilar parts into one blank of raw material. This reduces raw material use and waste, including material containing copper. [Click to view facility details in the P2 tool].


This page was published in February 2020 and uses the 2018 TRI National Analysis dataset made public in TRI Explorer in November 2019.

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