TRI National Analysis

Non-Production-Related Waste in the 2015 TRI National Analysis

Non-production-related waste refers to quantities of Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals disposed of or released, or transferred off-site, as the result of one-time events, rather than due to standard production activities. These events may include remedial actions, such as decommissioning a heap leach pad, catastrophic events, or other one-time events not associated with normal production processes. Non-production-related waste is included in a facility’s total disposal or other releases, but not as part of its production-related waste managed, which may account for discrepancies between the two figures. The following graph shows the annual quantities of non-production-related waste reported to the TRI Program.

  • Non-production-related waste from all facilities was below 35 million pounds in all years but 2013 when a mining facility reported a one-time only release of 193 million pounds due to decommissioning a heap leach pad. The facility reported zero releases in 2014 and did not report in 2015.
  • In 2015, facilities reported 18 million pounds of one-time releases, of which 51% (9.3 million pounds) was reported from the federal cleanup of an old nuclear weapons production site. The chemicals released included toluene, lead, xylene, and naphthalene.

This page was published in January 2017 and uses the 2015 TRI National Analysis dataset made public in TRI Explorer in October 2016.

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