EPA Highlights a Reduction in Toxic Release, Increase in Waste Recycling in Colorado

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday spoke to the Colorado Chamber’s Energy and Environment Council about new data on chemical releases from facilities in Colorado, highlighting a reduction in pollution and an increase in recycling among the Colorado business community.

Overall, total on and off-site chemical releases from 242 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) facilities in Colorado decreased by 23 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The EPA’s April Nowak and Patrick Davis at the Colorado Chamber

“The TRI is a valuable tool that provides the public with detailed information about how chemicals are used and managed in our communities,” said EPA Regional Administrator Gregory Sopkin. “We applaud the Colorado business community’s efforts to reduce the use of chemicals while delivering jobs and products that support local economies.”

“Environmental stewardship is an integral part of Colorado’s identity, and our state’s business leaders reflect that identity by demonstrating that a healthy environment and healthy economy go hand-in-hand,” said John Jacus, Chair of the Energy and Environment Council for the Colorado Chamber. “The Colorado Chamber of Commerce continues to support our members as they work to improve the use and management of chemicals and contribute to cleaner air, land and water in our communities.”

To view the Colorado toxic release fact sheet, click here.