Release Trend Region 2
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.
Variability in TRI chemical releases in Region 2 is due to changes in releases from hazardous waste management facilities, where release quantities can vary widely year to year.
From 2011 to 2020:
- Releases in Region 2 decreased by 8.70 million pounds (-22%), driven by reduced releases from chemical manufacturing, petroleum product manufacturing, and electric utilities. Nationally, releases decreased by 26%.
- Quantities of chemicals released to air and water decreased, while releases to land and off-site transfers for disposal increased.
- The increased releases for 2015 shown in the graph were caused by transfers of several chemicals from a hazardous waste management facility in Kearny, New Jersey, to an off-site disposal facility. [Click to view facility details in the TRI P2 Search Tool].
- Facilities in Region 2 reported releasing 31.4 million pounds of TRI chemicals.
- Since 2019, releases decreased by 7.25 million pounds (-19%). Releases to air, water, land and off-site transfers for disposal all decreased. Nationally, releases decreased by 10%.
- 2020 was the first year facilities reported their releases and waste management practices for certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to TRI. Four facilities in Region 2 reported for PFAS. Facilities in the region managed 3,781 pounds of PFAS as waste of which 1,825 pounds was released.
Releases by State
The following chart shows each state’s contribution to the region’s TRI chemical release quantities for 2020.
To consider the potential health risk from chronic exposure to these releases, EPA uses a risk-screening score from the RSEI model. The following pie chart shows each state’s contribution to the region’s total RSEI Score for 2020.
- The RSEI model accounts for factors such as a chemical's toxicity, its movement in the environment, and population density, in addition to the pounds of TRI chemicals released. RSEI models releases to the air and water but does not model land disposal quantities. These factors can lead to significant differences between a state’s contribution to regional releases and its contribution to the regional RSEI Score.
For information on the Region 2 facilities with the largest releases, see the Region 2 TRI factsheet.
This page was published in March 2022 and uses the 2020 TRI National Analysis dataset made public in TRI Explorer in October 2021.