Breath to the People

The Environmental Integrity Project analyzed emission data reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) in 2018, which tracks air releases from over 15,500 facilities, to determine which are releasing the most toxic air pollution into heavily populated areas. Our analysis shows that over a third (39 percent) of all toxic emissions nationwide came from just 100 facilities that have at least 250 people living within a mile.

Released in collaboration with the United Church of Christ. Visit for an interactive map of the facilities.