SOCMA Members Reduce Toxic Emissions

TRI Data Shows Positive Trend

April 17, 2012

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– Government data show that specialty chemical makers are reducing their environmental footprint, theSociety of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) announced today.  According to the results, SOCMA member companies are significantly decreasing toxic chemical releases to the environment, which the association states is a product of its ongoing commitment to help its members continually improve their environmental performance.

As a condition of membership, each active SOCMA member company participates in ChemStewards®, an environmental, health, safety and security program designed to demonstrate continuous improvement. The program collects various environmental data, such as the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory, (TRI) which provides the public information about a company’s chemical releases and waste management activities.  The data consists of total pounds of releases and disposal of toxic chemicals to air, land and water.

“As we approach Earth Day, we recommit ourselves to helping our members produce innovative products in an environment that guarantees safety and environmental compliance for all stakeholders: employees, communities and consumers,” said J. Holland Jordan, Ph.D, Director of ChemStewards.

According to Jordan, total reported TRI releases from 2007 to 2010 have been reduced from 2,340,870 pounds in 2007 to 1,585,400 pounds in 2010, an overall 32 percent reduction. The average year-on-year reduction is 12 percent.

TRI data for 2007-2010:


  • Reductions in TRI air releases have shown the strongest decreasing trend with a 13 percent year-on-year decline. Companies have shown steady continual improvement with a reduced total of air releases of 2,291,910 pounds in 2007 to 1,488,568 pounds in 2010.  One important factor directly related to this trend is the increased number of air emission control process improvement investments completed by member companies. 


  • From 2007 to 2009, TRI land release data showed a 79 percent reduction from 6,359 pounds in 2007 to 1,318 pounds in 2009. Although there was a slight increase in 2010, the land data still shows a negative slope, which provides a strong indication of continual improvement.


  • For the average SOCMA member, the TRI water release data shows a solid decreasing trend from 1,220 pounds in 2007 to 1,040 pounds in 2010. 

“While positive numerical forecasts on individual TRI data trends can be made based on current information, it is important to note that as part of their commitment to ChemStewards, member companies are closely monitoring this, as well as other EHS&S metrics, to help drive overall performance,” said Jordan.

SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector. SOCMA has a global membership of 220 companies, which employ more than 46,000 workers in the U.S. alone. The value of the products and services provided by SOCMA members is $24 billion, and the industry’s impact on the U.S. GDP is upwards of $2.9 trillion. For more information on our services and products, please visit

ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program. ChemStewards was created from industry’s commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance. To learn more visit