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Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool

Note: This area of the DMR Loading Tool includes data used for EPA's annual review of industrial effluent discharges. EPA's Office of Water is responsible for developing programs and tools authorized under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which enables EPA and the states to protect and restore the Nation's waters. The CWA requires EPA to annually review and, if appropriate, revise its water pollution control technology-based regulations, called "effluent limitations guidelines" or "effluent guidelines" that limit the discharge of pollutants to waters of the U.S. from industrial facilities. As part of the EPA's annual reviews, EPA estimates the load of pollutants discharged using a combination of discharge monitoring report (DMR) data, from ICIS-NPDES, and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data. EPA also assigns a relative toxic weight to the estimated loads to rank industrial categories by toxic weighted pound equivalents (TWPE). For more background on EPA's effluent guidelines program see EPA's Effluent Guidelines website.

EPA reviews the DMR and TRI data used to calculate effluent loads and TWPE for accuracy prior to further investigating industrial categories for possible effluent guideline revisions. For identified outlier data, EPA contacts states and facilities to confirm and update (if appropriate) data values and units. For information on the methodology and types of changes identified, see EPA's most recent odd-numbered year Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report (PDF) (169 pp, 2MB) on the Effluent Guidelines Plan webpage. Because of this review and EPA's methodology for interpreting data and calculating loads, the calculated loads and category rankings may differ from original calculations using DMR and TRI data that have not been updated. Data that have been updated by EPA's annual reviews are indicated by green flags designating that a change has been made to a concentration, quantity, or flow value. A listing of the DMR and TRI data changes from the most recent annual review is available in the Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report Appendices (PDF) (241 pp, 3.3MB).

Point Source Category Information - Pharmaceutical manufacturing (DMR)

EPA 304M Annual Review flag — Indicates load was altered by EPA’s 304M Annual Review. You can hover over the green flag to see the original load from the DMR data.

Top Pollutants - Toxic-Weighted Pounds (TWPE) (2011)
Pollutant Name Total DMR TWPE (lb-eq/yr) % of Category TWPE Cumulative % of
Category TWPE
Nickel, total (as Ni) 18,114 76.5 76.5
Chlorine, total residual 1,699 7.18 83.7
Copper, total (as Cu) 1,392 5.88 89.6
Fluoride, total (as F) 962 4.068 93.7
Cyanide, total (as CN) 334 1.41 95.1
Copper, total recoverable 327 1.38 96.4
Tetrachloroethylene 285 1.206 97.7
Mercury, total (as Hg) 274 1.15 98.8
Nitrogen, ammonia total (as N) 59.4 0.25 99.1
Zinc, total (as Zn) 52.5 0.22 99.3

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Top Receiving Watersheds (2011)
HUC-12 Code HUC Name Total DMR TWPE (lb-eq/yr)
051201080203 Cedar Hollow-Wabash River 1,917
040500030603 Portage Creek 474
051201081607 Feather Creek-Wabash River 364
051202011205 Dollar Hide Creek-White River 294
060200011003 Chattanooga Creek 231
020301030902 Pascack Brook 163
040400020501 Waukegan River-Frontal Lake Michigan 141
080302070400 119
051202040302 Richey Ditch-Brandywine Creek 68.7
102300060204 Little Papillion Creek 57.03

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Top Facility Discharges in Toxic-Weighted Pounds (TWPE) (2011)
NPDES ID Facility Name City, State SIC Code HUC-12 Code Top Pollutant Top Pollutant TWPE (lb-eq/yr)
NC0027065 ADM SOUTHPORT SOUTHPORT, NC 2833 030300050803 Nickel 18,114
NC0027065 ADM SOUTHPORT SOUTHPORT, NC 2833 030300050803 Copper 1,352
IN0002861 EVONIK DEGUSSA CORP TIPPECANOE LABORATORIES LAFAYETTE, IN 2833 051201080203 Fluoride 916
IN0002861 EVONIK DEGUSSA CORP TIPPECANOE LABORATORIES LAFAYETTE, IN 2833 051201080203 Total Residual Chlorine 541
MI0002941 PHARMACIA & UPJOHN (P&U) - KAPI AND EMU KALAMAZOO, MI 2834 040500030603 Total Residual Chlorine 472
IN0002852 CLINTON LABORATORIES CLINTON, IN 2834 051201081607 Total Residual Chlorine 357
IN0003310 ELI LILLY AND COMPANY-LILLY TECH CTR NORTH INDIANAPOLIS, IN 2834 051202011205 Tetrachloroethylene 285
IN0002861 EVONIK DEGUSSA CORP TIPPECANOE LABORATORIES LAFAYETTE, IN 2833 051201080203 Copper 236
TN0002780 CHATTEM CHEMICALS CHATTANOOGA, TN 2833 060200011003 Mercury 217
IN0002861 EVONIK DEGUSSA CORP TIPPECANOE LABORATORIES LAFAYETTE, IN 2833 051201080203 Cyanide 190

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