TRI Data Shows Positive Trend
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Government data show that specialty chemical makers are reducing their environmental footprint, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) announced today. According to the results, SOCMA member companies are significantly decreasing toxic chemical releases to the environment, which the association states is a product of its ongoing commitment to help its members continually improve their environmental performance.
As a condition of membership, SOCMA member companies participate in ChemStewards®, an environmental, health, safety and security program designed to demonstrate continuous improvement. The program collects various environmental data, such as the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), which provides the public information about a company's chemical releases and waste management activities. The data consists of total pounds of releases and disposal of toxic chemicals to air, land and water.
"SOCMA is committed to helping its members produce innovative products in an environment that guarantees safety and environmental compliance for all stakeholders: employees, communities and consumers," said J. Holland Jordan, Ph.D, Director of ChemStewards.
According to Jordan, total reported TRI releases from 2007 to 2010 have been reduced from 2,340,870 pounds in 2007 to 1,585,400 pounds in 2010, an overall 32 percent reduction.
- Reductions in TRI air releases have shown the strongest decreasing trend with a 13 percent year-on-year decline. Companies have shown steady continual improvement with a reduced total of air releases of 2,291,910 pounds in 2007 to 1,488,568 pounds in 2010.
- From 2007 to 2009, TRI land release data showed a 48 percent reduction from 6,359 pounds in 2007 to 1,318 pounds in 2009. Although there was a slight increase in 2010, the land data still shows a negative slope, which provides a strong indication of continual improvement.
- For the average SOCMA member, the TRI water release data shows a solid decreasing trend from 1,220 pounds in 2007 to 1,040 pounds in 2010.
SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector.
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