Toxic Chemical Releases

Toxic Chemical Releases

What does this measure?

The pounds of toxic chemical releases per square mile in an area annually.

Why is this important?

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program tracks the industrial management of toxic chemicals that may cause harm to human health and the environment, providing a community the ability to discuss important environmental health concerns.

How is our county performing?

In 2018, there were 658 pounds per square mile of toxic chemical releases in Berks County. This was higher than the state (444) and the U.S. (103)

Compared to neighboring counties, Berks County's toxic releases were lower than Lancaster (1,700), Lehigh (8,390), and Montgomery (10,590) counties. They were higher than Chester (415) and Lebanon (100) counties.

Notes about the data

A "release" of a chemical means that it is emitted to the air or water, or placed in some type of land disposal. For more information regarding the toxic release inventory data: Factors to Consider When Using TRI Data. Data for this indicator are released annually in April.

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Toxic Chemical Releases
United States320290282284233288290313298157171159149142121114104100103
Berks County4,5342,9494,3683,2493,1012,0912,0361,8291,7041,3091,2681,2461,1038472,147660583626658
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3,0521,31727,78123,18110,43911,4994,7643,2634,1224,148640395349444357400429473415
Lancaster County1,9321,0171,0143392288008088561,1644836387197049131,2381,9312,0041,8381,703
Lebanon County31942681,1661,7041,7442,0361,7872,0471,4281,592128119841188781113100
Lehigh County5701,6595855432,0607879833,1013,16714,9313,5468,4758,5278,42711,94213,30611,38110,5218,393
Montgomery County6,3828,2365,5425,9106,5986,3177,1015,7614,91042,17417,09922,50123,04223,14232,67015,92111,78510,92710,593
Schuylkill County1,039978982677165348205159112781179183888189162139173

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Total Toxic Chemical Releases
United States1,131,852,8061,024,332,729994,373,9531,001,810,507823,956,6951,017,504,8621,022,722,2251,105,314,2001,053,492,127554,705,363603,927,001561,463,835526,584,394501,898,663427,223,022403,726,547367,088,164351,805,627362,338,365
Berks County3,882,9382,525,8713,740,6452,782,1152,655,5871,790,7071,743,9901,566,4161,459,2041,121,1021,085,5141,067,242944,613725,0731,839,013564,941499,157536,512563,799
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2,290,502988,23020,850,48117,398,3137,834,6068,630,1943,575,6612,449,0493,093,5483,112,894480,620296,594261,949333,218268,168300,402322,336355,240311,234
Lancaster County1,823,724959,804957,124319,938215,137755,059762,681808,4691,098,686455,444602,286678,724664,415861,9671,168,8551,822,9261,891,7151,734,7091,607,800
Lebanon County115,38315,32324,685422,040616,626630,907736,682646,490740,563516,702575,84146,27143,08330,53142,57831,38129,14040,92236,300
Lehigh County196,664572,904202,017187,619711,370271,806339,2981,070,8681,093,6915,155,7211,224,4852,926,2772,944,3002,909,7394,123,3514,594,5093,929,6653,632,9522,898,144
Montgomery County3,082,1873,977,6712,676,5722,854,1433,186,7673,050,9753,429,4282,782,2482,371,15620,368,7388,258,20110,867,05611,128,44511,177,02115,778,5767,689,3115,691,7865,277,4625,115,994
Schuylkill County809,303761,336764,784527,231128,701271,258159,259124,03587,54760,86791,10071,15464,37668,15663,18269,019125,756107,999134,562

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
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Children Living in Poverty Increasing
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Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
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People Living in Poverty Increasing
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Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
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Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
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Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing