If knowledge is power, as the proverb goes, then the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a powerful tool indeed. Firefighters and first responders used this nearly 20-year-old public database of toxic chemical emissions to identify potential contamination hot spots after the floods of Hurricane Katrina. July 2006
Most recreational water quality standards are aimed at protecting beachgoers against accidental ingestion of or skin contact with water contaminated by fecal material. But the increased popularity of water sports such as kayaking, surfing, and diving, which often occur far from regulated bathing beaches, raises the question of the water-related health risks these sports entail.