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CAL/EPA: TRI DATA FOR 1992 REVEALS THAT CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURERS DECREASED RELEASES OF TOXIC CHEMICALS AN AVERAGE OF 27 PERCENT

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program data for 1992 revealed that California manufacturers reduced their discharges of toxic chemicals into the air, water and soil an average of 27 percent and achieved further reductions in another federal program, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) announced today.
 "These significant reductions are another indicator that Gov. Wilson's message of preventing pollution at its source is finding a receptive audience among California businesses," said James M. Strock, secretary for Environmental Protection.
 "During Pollution Prevention Week in California, these statistics are proof of our ongoing commitment to encourage industry to cut back on their emissions of toxic materials into our air, water and soil," Strock added.
 The Toxic Release Inventory is a federal program which requires forms from manufacturing facilities with greater than 10 employees that manufacture, process or otherwise use above the threshold amount of a listed chemical.
 The number of firms filing TRI forms with the state dropped from 1,906 companies to 1,610, while the number of chemical forms decreased from 5,807 to 4,921. Cal/EPA has maintained a TRI database since the inception of the federal program.
 There were also significant reductions in the 33/50 Program; a branch of U.S. EPA's TRI program, which encourages businesses to voluntarily reduce emissions of certain high-priority toxic chemicals and publicly report their emissions. Since its inception in 1991, participation nationwide has increased steadily with 1,135 companies volunteering to participate in reducing nearly 354 million pounds of pollution.
 California companies have been able to reduce emissions from 17 high-priority toxic chemicals by 50 percent for 1992 as compared to the base year of 1988. The national reduction average was approximately 34 percent for 1991.
 Gov. Wilson has designated Oct. 4-10 "Pollution Prevention Week" in California, with Cal/EPA's boards and departments working with industry and local government to plan over 200 events statewide stressing new pollution prevention technologies and efforts to reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated within the state.
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 /CONTACT: James J. Lee of Cal/EPA, 916-324-9670/


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