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Introduction

The TRI Pollution Prevention (P2) Search Tool offers easy access to the P2 information submitted by industrial facilities in their Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports. This guide demonstrates how you can use the P2 Search Tool to help answer your questions about P2, waste management, and environmental progress at facilities. Click on the questions below to learn about the primary functions of the Tool or click on a bulleted sub-topic to jump to a specific feature. You may also download the P2 Tool Quick Start Guide as a PDF document; click on the icon next to the title.

Mouseover any item highlighted with a green box for more details.

Questions covered in this Guide include:

  1. What P2 information is reported to TRI and where can I find definitions of P2 terminology?
  2. How do I find reported P2 practices for a specific chemical and/or industry?
  3. How do I compare P2 progress and waste management practices across facilities?
  4. How do I compare P2 progress and waste management practices across parent companies?
  5. How do I view the P2 efforts reported by a specific facility?
  6. How do I view the P2 efforts reported by a specific facility for all reported chemicals?
  7. How do I search for a specific facility to determine if P2 information was reported?

1. P2 information reported to TRI and P2 terminology

TRI tracks each facility's progress towards the goals of the Pollution Prevention Act using the framework provided by the waste management hierarchy (see below). The Pollution Prevention Overview provides a full explanation of the information collected and key P2-related terms.

Waste Management Hierarchy

2. Find P2 examples for a specific chemical and industry

Start at the main P2 search page: www.epa.gov/enviro/facts/tri/p2.html. Select the industry(s) and/or chemical(s) that you want to search for (in this example: textiles and toluene). The chemical options include both specific chemicals (e.g. toluene) and broader chemical groups (e.g., Hazardous Air Pollutants). You can also limit the search to a specific parent company, a specific year, or geography (state, city or zip code). Click on the drop-down arrow again to select multiple industries, chemicals, years, or states, or start typing into the query boxes to quickly narrow the selection options.

Click "Show P2 Activities" to see a list of facilities and reported P2 activities reported for the industry-chemical combination.

Image Map of P2 Tool

Overview of P2 Activities Results Page

Your P2 search results will be displayed in the default format, where facilities with the greatest reduction in total releases are listed first. There are several ways to limit and sort search results. Mouseover the green outlined boxes to see how.


3. Compare P2 progress and waste management practices across facilities

Start at the main P2 search page: www.epa.gov/enviro/facts/tri/p2.html. Select the industry and/or chemical for which you wish to display a report (in this example: textiles and toluene). Note that although you have the option to search for all chemicals reported by single industry or vice versa, selecting a specific industry-chemical combination may provide more meaningful results to compare waste management practices across facilities. You can also limit the search to a specific geography (state, city or zip code). The search defaults to the most recent year if you don't select a year.

From the blue buttons, click "Display Facility Comparison" to see a comparison of how facilities in the selected industry manage the selected chemical.


Overview of Facility Comparison Results Page

Facility comparison results will be displayed in the default format, with waste quantities displayed for the top 30 facilities. This display includes all facilities reporting the selected chemical in the selected industry, including those that did not report any P2 activities. There are several ways to modify the display and view additional metrics. Mouseover the green outlined boxes to see how.


The Facility Comparison Chart


4. Compare P2 progress and waste management practices across parent companies

Start at the main P2 search page: www.epa.gov/enviro/facts/tri/p2.html. Select "Show P2 info for parent companies." Select the industry and chemical for which you wish to display a report (in this example: textiles and toluene). The chemical options include both specific chemicals (e.g. toluene) and broader chemical groups (e.g., Hazardous Air Pollutants). You can also limit the search to a specific parent company or geography (state, city or zip code). Select a year. The parent company comparison can only be conducted for one year; the search defaults to the most recent year if you don't select a year.

Click the green button, "Display Parent Company Comparison" to see a comparison of how parent companies in the selected industry manage the selected chemical.


Overview of Parent Company Comparison Results Page

Parent company comparison results will be displayed in the default format, with waste quantities displayed for facilities in the selected industry for the top 30 companies. This display includes all companies reporting the selected chemical in the selected industry, including companies whose facilities did not report any P2 activities. There are several ways to modify the display and view additional metrics. Mouseover the green outlined boxes to see how.


The Parent Company Comparison Chart


5. Learn about the waste management practices and pollution prevention efforts of a specific chemical at a specific facility

The "P2 Details" page contains detailed information about waste management quantities and practices at a specific facility. The P2 Details button is included in various views and lead to the facility level information. Two ways to find the P2 Details Page are described below. One way is from the P2 Activities - List of Facilities Search Results page. Click on the "P2 Details" button for the facility of interest.

Another way to get to the P2 Details Page is from the Facility Comparison Results page. Click on a Facility Name displayed on the x-axis of the waste management chart.


Overview of P2 Details Page

Waste management and pollution prevention details are provided for the selected chemical and facility in the format below. Mouseover the green outlined boxes to learn more about this report.


6. Learn about the waste management practices and pollution prevention efforts of a specific facility across all reported chemicals

The facility-level "P2 Details" page contains a summary of the waste management quantities and practices for all of the chemicals reported to TRI at a specific facility. You can navigate there from the chemical-specific P2 Details page. Click the “Show P2 data for other chemicals at this facility” dropdown and select “Show all chemicals”.


Overview of Facility-Level P2 Details Page

Waste management and pollution prevention details for all chemicals reported by the facility are provided in the format below.


Searching for a specific facility by name is currently possible through the TRI Search query in Envirofacts. Start at the TRI Search page: www.epa.gov/enviro/tri-search. You can search by facility name or TRI Facility ID (in this example, we search for facilities starting with "Du"). Click "Search" to see a list of facilities meeting your criteria.

The Search Results page shows a list of facilities that meet your search criteria. Select "P2 Details" for the facility you are interested in to navigate to the facility's P2 Report in the P2 Tool.

If the selected facility reported P2 information, a summary table will display at the bottom of the facility's P2 Report showing the years in which the facility reported P2 information (TRI Section 8.10 and 8.11) for each chemical. Select "P2 Details" for the specific chemical of interest to view the detailed information.


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