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May 13, 1999 

Decline in NYS toxic emissions

Releases of toxic chemicals to New York State's environment fell five percent in 1997, according to the annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report released May 5 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The DEC report found that manufacturing plants in New York State released 29.9 million pounds of TRI-listed chemicals to the environment in 1997.

This is a 5 percent reduction from the 1996 total of 31.36 million pounds and 68 percent below the 1988 release of 94.5 million pounds, despite the addition of more than 300 chemicals to the TRI list in that time.