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Chemical Distribution Maintains Lowest Average Emissions Per Facility According to Recently Released Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)

ARLINGTON, VA – February 27, 2013 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its national analysis of the 2011 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). According to the data, the chemical distribution industry had the lowest average emissions per facility of any reporting industry, with an average of 2978 pounds per facility. When narrowed to only NACD members, the average release per facility was 2725 pounds, which is 8% lower than non-members’ average release per facility.

“NACD members practicing Responsible Distribution® continue to set themselves apart as leaders in the industry. EPA’s 2011 TRI report results demonstrates the success of Responsible Distribution®, the Association’s mandatory health, safety, security, and environmental management practice,” said NACD President Christopher Jahn.

In 2011, all reporting facilities in the chemical wholesaler sector released 17 percent less toxic chemicals than the previous year. This is impressive as total releases were up 8% across all industries.* The average release per facility in the chemical wholesaler sector also decreased by 17%.

In 2011, 453 facilities classified under the 4246 NAICS Code reported their releases, including 288 NACD member facilities and 165 non-NACD member facilities. The chemical distribution industry had the third lowest total emissions of any reporting industry, behind only the apparel and leather industries, both of whom had far fewer reporting facilities. Further, NACD member’s average release per facility was 25% lower than non-NACD members.

For EPA’s analysis of the 2011 TRI data, go to www.epa.gov/tri. For detailed reports on releases per industry, chemical, geographic location and more, click on TRI Tools and then TRI Explorer. If you have questions about the chemical distribution industry’s results, please contact Jennifer Gibson at jgibson@nacd.com or 703/527-6223, ext. 3047.

*EPA stated that most of the toxic release increase was due to increases in land disposal at metal mines.


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