Metal Mining in the 2015 TRI National Analysis
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This map shows the metal mining facilities that reported to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) in 2015. Click on a facility for details on their TRI reporting.
Metal Mines Reporting to TRI, 2015
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The portion of the metal mining sector covered by TRI reporting requirements includes facilities mining copper, lead, zinc, silver, gold, and several other metals. In 2015, 86 metal mining facilities reported to TRI. They tend to be in Western states where most of the copper, silver, and gold mining occurs; however, zinc and lead mining tend to occur in Missouri, Tennessee, and Alaska. Metals generated from U.S. mining operations are used in a wide range of products, including automobiles and electric and industrial equipment. The extraction and beneficiation of these minerals generate large amounts of waste.
Quick Facts for 2015: Metal Mining
|Number of Facilities that Reported to TRI||86|
|Number of Facilities with New Source Reduction Activities||6|
|Production-Related Waste Managed||1,339.7 million lb|
|Recycled||71.7 million lb|
|Energy Recovery||0.002 million lb|
|Treated||25.3 million lb|
|Disposed of or Otherwise Released||1,242.6 million lb|
|Total Disposal or Other Releases||1,243.1 million lb|
|On-site||1,236.5 million lb|
|Air||2.1 million lb|
|Water||1.4 million lb|
|Land||1,233.1 million lb|
|Off-site||6.5 million lb|
Note: Numbers may not sum exactly due to rounding.
This page was published in January 2017 and uses the 2015 TRI National Analysis dataset made public in TRI Explorer in October 2016.