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Top Reporting Facilities for Total Releases

The 25 facilities reporting the largest amounts under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) released more than 23.2 million pounds of TRI chemicals in 2015. This makes up 99 percent of the state's 23.4 million-pound total.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford site reported the largest on-site releases: 9.3 million pounds. Most of this was lead. DOE removed old buildings at Hanford that contained lead for radiation shielding and disposed of it in a landfill, a release to land under TRI.

The next three largest releasing facilities are all paper manufacturers that released 3.8 million pounds of TRI chemicals, of which nearly half is methanol. Methanol is released during the pulping process, which breaks wood down into cellulose and lignin. The cellulose is then used to make pulp and paper.

Top 25 TRI Releases by Facility, 2015 (in pounds)

Facilty Name City County # of Reports Released On Site POTW* Release Off Site Disposal Total Released   (On Site + POTW* + Off Site)
U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site Richland Benton 5 9,368,069 0 6,144 9,374,213
Weyerhaeuser Natural Resources Company Longview Longview Cowlitz 23 1,185,229 0 242,333 1,427,563
Longview Fibre Paper & Packaging, Inc. Longview Cowlitz 18 1,228,058 0 190,635 1,418,693
Boise White Paper, LLC Wallula Walla Walla 18 1,407,614 0 0 1,407,614
U.S. Navy PSNS & IMF - Bremerton Site & Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton Kitsap 9 26,716 22 1,074,613 1,101,351
Agrium U.S., Inc. Kennewick Fertilizer Operation Kennewick Benton 3 115,250 0 809,430 924,680
Westrock Tacoma Mill Tacoma Pierce 19 845,646 0 25,009 870,655
Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Inc. Cosmopolis Grays Harbor 10 791,125 0 69,963 861,088
Alcoa Wenatchee Works Malaga Chelan 5 777,000 0 6,522 783,522
Port Townsend Paper Corporation Port Townsend Jefferson 14 618,222 0 4,069 622,291
Intalco Aluminum Corporation Ferndale Whatcom 10 574,482 0 1,178 575,660
Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc. Seattle King 7 2,267 0 458,287 460,553
Kettle River Operations Mill Republic Ferry 3 380,533 0 0 380,533
Sandvik Special Metals, LLC Kennewick Benton 3 377,563 0 0 377,563
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, LLC Camas Clark 15 308,678 0 24,005 332,683
Nippon Paper Industries USA Company, LTD Port Angeles Clallam 6 275,550 0 28,216 303,766
Burlington Environmental, Inc. Tacoma Tacoma Pierce 5 10 0 282,679 282,689
Crown Beverage Packaging Olympia Thurston 4 278,898 0 147 279,045
Ponderay Newsprint Company Usk Pend Oreille 4 252,933 0 143 253,076
BP Cherry Point Refinery Blaine Whatcom 38 222,134 0 26,571 248,705
Rexam Beverage Can Company Kent King 4 222,164 17 0 222,181
Transalta Centralia Generation/Mining Centralia Lewis 15 213,401 0 36 213,437
REC Solar Grade Silicon Moses Lake Grant 3 0 0 199,320 199,320
Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery Ferndale Whatcom 33 153,704 0 36,747 190,451
U.S. Army Joint Base Lewis-McChord Tacoma Pierce 6 163,798 0 0 163,798

*Publicly Owned Treatment Works, metals only.

For a complete list of facilities that reported in 2015, download Washington TRI Releases by Facility 2015 (Excel spreadsheet).

TRI is one measure to show whether industrial pollution is going up or down. Comparing a facility's Pollution Prevention Plan to their TRI report can help us understand the value of pollution prevention work.

Ecology is dedicated to helping Washington businesses reduce dangerous waste and find safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals. Since 1993, Ecology’s Toxics Reduction Specialists have worked with businesses to reduce their use of hazardous chemicals, find safer alternatives, and improve efficiency. Visit our pollution prevention success stories to see the results.

Here are some of Ecology’s popular pollution prevention resources for businesses:

  • Ecology helps Washington manufacturers save millions of dollars every year through its technical assistance services. Toxics Reduction Specialists provide free, on-site assistance to help businesses improve efficiency and reduce waste.
  • Ecology offers training and other resources in green chemistry and chemical hazard assessments. Learn more about how Ecology is advancing green chemistry.
  • Ecology teams up with cities and counties for the Local Source Control Partnership. The Partnership provides free regulatory and technical assistance to small businesses in more than 20 Washington communities.