Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Success Stories in Industry
TRI Pollution Prevention Data Used to Identify Practices that Reduce
Toxic Chemical Releases from the Food Manufacturing and Processing
The Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) identified common pollution prevention practices
that the food manufacturing and processing industry uses to reduce toxic chemical releases. The food manufacturing
industry was identified by TRI data as the 3rd largest releaser of TRI
chemicals of all reporting industries in the Great Lakes region; with the most
common chemicals released being nitrate compounds, n-hexane, and
ammonia. An analysis of TRI data found that process modifications (e.g.,
replacing condensers) can be used to reduce n-hexane emissions from
oilseed and spice processing; equipment modifications (e.g. valve
replacement) can be used to reduce ammonia releases from wet corn milling;
and process modifications (e.g. minimizing use of nitric acid) can be used to
reduce nitrate compound emissions from meat and dairy processing.
Quick Facts
Effective pollution prevention in
the food manufacturing industry
includes process modifications,
equipment modifications, spill or
leak prevention, and improvements
to cleaning and degreasing
The GLRPPR brings together stakeholders from government programs,
businesses, and educational institutions to promote pollution prevention in
the Great Lakes Region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and Pennsylvania).
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. 2015. Spotlight on U.S. EPA, Region 5's Food Manufacturing
and Processing Industry. Available online at: httns: www.ideals.illinois.edu hiistream handle 2142 .S',SY),S',S' Spotlight
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