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might be interested in U.S. government information on releases of
toxic chemicals to the environment.
* New Toxics Release Inventory CD-ROM Now Available *
The EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics is
announcing the release of a new CD-ROM containing the Toxics
Release Inventory (TRI) for 1987-1993.
The Toxics Release Inventory is a compilation of reports
submitted by U.S. manufacturers subject to the Emergency Planning
and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986. It lists the amounts of
chemicals designated as toxic that are released from
manufacturing facilities into the air, land, or water or
transferred offsite for treatment or disposal. Citizens and
public interest groups use TRI data to answer questions about
chemicals in their community, while industry sources often hail
TRI as a significant tool in efforts to prevent pollution.
In addition to TRI, the two-disc set contains Chemical
Substance fact sheets. Retrieval software provided with the
discs can be used for searching data, formatting reports,
downloading data in a variety of formats, and calculating
statistics such as total releases, average release amount, etc.
A user's manual is included with the discs.
Orders for the discs are being taken by the Government
Printing Office (GPO) ($38; phone number 202-512-1800; stock
number 055-000-00508-7) and the National Technical Information
Service (NTIS) ($45; phone number 703-487-4650; stock number
The Toxics Release Inventory is also accessible online
through the Right-to-Know Network (RTK-NET). RTK NET can be
accessed either by direct dial-up at (202) 234-8570 (8-N-1) or
via the Internet (telnet to rtk.net--login as "public"--or use a
Web browser to access it at http://rtk.net). [*IMPORTANT*: Your
Web browser must be set up to access telnet. Some commercial
services' Web browsers do NOT currently have access to telnet.]
NOTE: You must sign up for an account, which is free, before
accessing RTK NET's databases (you can apply for an account
online). TRI is located under:
DATABASES/Environmental databases/TRI (Toxic Release
For more information on RTK NET, call OMB Watch at (202) 234-