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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 more information on the types of errors identified, see EPA's Technical Support Document for the 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program (PDF) (255 pp, 3.4MB). Because of this review, and EPA's methodology for interpreting data and calculating loads (explained in EPA's Technical Support Document for the Annual Review of Existing Effluent Guidelines and Identification of Potential New Point Source Categories), the calculated loads and category rankings may differ using DMR and TRI data that has not been updated. Data that have been updated by EPA's annual reviews are flagged by green flags designating that a change has been made to a concentration, quantity, or flow value. View a listing of the changes for the most recent annual review (PDF) (1 pg, 7K).

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) 18,118 60.6 60.6
Chlorine, total residual 3,835 12.8 73.5
Arsenic, total (as As) 3,064 10.2 83.7
Copper, total (as Cu) 1,404 4.7002 88.4
Fluoride, total (as F) 962 3.22 91.6
Cyanide, total (as CN) 492 1.64 93.3
Tetrachloroethylene 434 1.45 94.7
Mercury, total (as Hg) 294 0.98 95.7
Copper, total recoverable 262 0.87 96.6
Cadmium, total (as Cd) 198 0.66 97.3

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Top Receiving Watersheds (2011)
HUC-12 Code HUC Name Total DMR TWPE (lb-eq/yr)
051201080203 Cedar Hollow-Wabash River 2,392
040400020501 Waukegan River-Frontal Lake Michigan 1,939
051201081607 Feather Creek-Wabash River 370
020301030604 Corys Brook-Passaic River 32.04
020401050601 Allegheny Creek-Delaware River 26.2
020501020605 Fly Creek-Chenango River 18.6
020501071006 City of Sunbury-Susquehanna River 13.02
071200061008 Squaw Creek 8.45
041201040602 Grand Island-Niagara River 2.74
030501010202 North Fork Catawba River 0.92

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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
LA0059153 CECOS INTERNATIONAL INC LIVINGSTON, LA 2833 080702020704 Arsenic 2,909
IL0001881 ABBOTT LABORATORIES - NORTH CH ICAGO FACILITY NORTH CHICAGO, IL 2834 040400020501 Total Residual Chlorine 1,918
NC0027065 ADM SOUTHPORT SOUTHPORT, NC 2833 030300050803 Copper 1,352
IN0002861 EVONIK DEGUSSA CORP TIPPECANOE LABORATORIES LAFAYETTE, IN 2833 051201080203 Total Residual Chlorine 859
MI0002941 PHARMACIA & UPJOHN (P&U) - KAPI AND EMU KALAMAZOO, MI 2834 Total Residual Chlorine 472
IN0003310 LILLY TECHNOLOGY CENTER INDIANAPOLIS, IN 2834 051202011205 Tetrachloroethylene 434
IN0002852 CLINTON LABORATORIES CLINTON, IN 2834 051201081607 Total Residual Chlorine 357

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