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TRI National Analysis

Waste Management by Federal Facilities

The following pie chart shows the percentages of TRI chemicals managed as waste by federal government organizations in 2017.

 

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

  • The types of waste reported by federal facilities vary by the type of operation.
    • The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a government-owned electric utility that provides power to southeastern states. Out of the 18 TVA facilities that reported to TRI for 2017, virtually all of the TRI production-related waste comes from the fossil fuel plants that report in the Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation sector. Nearly 80% of their reported waste was hydrochloric and sulfuric acid aerosols which were mostly treated on site.
    • The Department of the Treasury facilities reporting to TRI are mints for manufacturing currency and, accordingly, they report metals (e.g., copper and nickel) to TRI. All of their metal waste is recycled off site.

Source Reduction at Federal Facilities:

Since federal facilities are subject to TRI reporting regardless of their industry sector classification, their operations are diverse and few focus on manufacturing processes. Due to their unique functions, some federal facilities may face challenges in implementing source reduction strategies to reduce chemical waste. For the 2017 reporting year, 13 federal facilities (3%) reported implementing source reduction activities.

Federal facilities have often indicated barriers in reducing use of lead because it is contained in ammunition used at National Security and Park Service facilities. In 2017, several federal facilities reported using green ammuntion in accordance with National Park Service policy to use nonlead ammunition where feasible. To find more examples of federal facilities' source reduction activities and the barriers they face to implementing source reduction, visit TRI's Pollution Prevention Search Tool and select industry sectors such as National Security, Correctional Institutions or Police Protection from the dropdown menu under "search criteria."


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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