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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 123-96
March 07, 1996

DOD ISSUES FIRST TOXIC RELEASE INVENTORY

The Department of Defense today issued its first Toxic Release Inventory report. The TRI report compiles information about releases to the environment and transfer of waste to off-site locations.

The report contains information concerning the handling of toxic chemicals on all 425 DoD installations in the U.S. Of these, 131 handled TRI chemicals in amounts above EPA threshold levels, filing reports with EPA and the state in the process.

"The DoD TRI report is an unique and important resource," said Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Environmental Security Sherri Goodman. "The early release of this information demonstrates the leadership role DoD is taking in providing environmental information to our communities and reducing pollution at the source"

Since 1987, the Department of Defense has reduced hazardous waste disposal by more than 50 percent. DoD intends to use the new TRI data to enhance its ongoing pollution efforts and achieve a goal of cutting toxic releases' 50 percent by 1999

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