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TRI Toolkit

TRI Toolkit
Using the Toxics Release Inventory to Promote Environmentally Responsible Mining in Your Community

Published: January 1, 2000

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OVERVIEW ...........................................................................................2

NUTS AND BOLTS .............................................................................6
TRI's Legal Framework .....................................................................6
Reporting Requirements ..................................................................8
Chemical Releases .........................................................................10
Exemptions and Limitations ...........................................................12
Heap-Leach Method Visual .............................................................14

ACCESSING THE DATA ...................................................................15
Finding TRI Data Online ...................................................................15
Other Resources for Accessing TRI Data ....................................20
Filling in the Gaps ..............................................................................22

USING THE DATA ..............................................................................24
Six Ways TRI Can Benefit You and Your Issue ............................25
Action Steps ........................................................................................26
Press ....................................................................................................28
Industry Arguments ............................................................................31
Mine Disaster Examples ..................................................................34
Quotes from the Industry ..................................................................37
Case Studies...................................................................................... 41
TRI and Preventing Illegal Waste Dumping ..................................47
Chemical Health Effects ...................................................................49
Contact List .........................................................................................57

REFERENCE INFORMATION .........................................................58
Thresholds .........................................................................................58
Reducing and Correcting Data Errors ..........................................59
De Minimis Exemption .....................................................................60
Limitations of TRI ..............................................................................61

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