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What is in this chart?

This chart shows total air emissions, as reported annually to EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) between 1996 and 2016, by establishments classified into NAICS 3311 (iron and steel mills and ferroalloy manufacturing) and NAICS 3312 (steel product manufacturing from purchased steel). Total air emissions for this sector decreased from 40 million pounds in 1996 to 8 million pounds in 2016.

What are TRI air emissions?

Total air emissions reported to TRI include fugitive air emissions and point source air emissions. Fugitive air emissions are all releases to air that do not occur through a confined air stream; such emissions may include equipment leaks, releases from building ventilation systems, and evaporative losses from surface impoundments and spills. Point source air emissions, also called stack emissions, are releases to air that occur through a confined air stream, such as stacks, ducts, or pipes.

The quantity of releases does not indicate the level of health risk posed by the emissions. TRI data can vary from year to year at the facility and sector levels for a variety of reasons. For questions about specific values, contact TRI. In addition to TRI reporting, iron and steel production operations are subject to statutory and regulatory requirements, including permitting.

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What is in this chart?

This chart shows total air emissions, as reported annually to EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) between 1996 and 2016, by establishments classified into NAICS 3311 (iron and steel mills and ferroalloy manufacturing) and NAICS 3312 (steel product manufacturing from purchased steel). Total air emissions for this sector decreased from 40 million pounds in 1996 to 8 million pounds in 2016.

What are TRI air emissions?

Total air emissions reported to TRI include fugitive air emissions and point source air emissions. Fugitive air emissions are all releases to air that do not occur through a confined air stream; such emissions may include equipment leaks, releases from building ventilation systems, and evaporative losses from surface impoundments and spills. Point source air emissions, also called stack emissions, are releases to air that occur through a confined air stream, such as stacks, ducts, or pipes.

The quantity of releases does not indicate the level of health risk posed by the emissions. TRI data can vary from year to year at the facility and sector levels for a variety of reasons. For questions about specific values, contact TRI. In addition to TRI reporting, iron and steel production operations are subject to statutory and regulatory requirements, including permitting.

This sector includes iron and steel mills and ferroalloy manufacturing (NAICS 3311) and steel product manufacturing from purchased steel (NAICS 3312). Establishments in this sector manufacture steel for use in consumer products and for use by other industries, including construction trades and automotive manufacturing.

Iron and steel facilities are either integrated mills or electric arc furnaces (EAFs). Integrated mills produce steel by combining pig iron with steel scrap to produce refined steel. These facilities may use coal, natural gas, or other fuels and raw materials, in combination with iron, to produce steel. EAFs melt steel scrap, and in some cases limited amounts of other iron-bearing materials, to produce new steel. Due to the large percentages of recycled steel used in EAFs, they may require additional refining to produce various grades of steel.

For more information about the EPA Smart Sectors program, visit: epa.gov/smartsectors.

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Establishments

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Air Emissions

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  1. Go to https://www.epa.gov/enviro/tri-ez-search.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Flat (Denormalized) Form R – A flat view of the TRI database that contains a majority of the available TRI information.
  3. Select the following variables from the list of data elements provided.
    1. Reporting Year
    2. In the row immediately below Air Total Release check the box above SUM
    3. Primary NAICS Code
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “STEP 3: Enter Search Criteria”
  5. On the next page:
    1. For Reporting Year – switch Operator to “Between.” In the pop-up box that results, enter “1998” into the top form field, and “2016” into the bottom form field. Then click Click “Enter BETWEEN Range in Search Field.” In the Sort Column field, enter “1.” (You can leave the other columns blank or unchanged.)
    2. For Primary NAICS Code – switch Operator to “Beginning with,” and enter “3311” under Search Value. Then check the last box to the right under “Where Only.”
    3. Click on “Search database” or “Output to CSV File”
  6. Repeat steps three through five with NAICS code “3312” and sum the corresponding values
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Criteria Air Pollutants

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://www.epa.gov/air-emissions-inventories/air-pollutant-emissions-trends-data.
  2. Click the first link on this page: “Average Annual Emissions (1 pg, 93 K) Criteria pollutants National Tier 1 for 1970-2017.” The resulting download will be a spreadsheet file, “national_tier1_caps.xlsx.”
  3. This spreadsheet file contains a series of worksheets with data, including: 1) “CO” 2) “NOX” 3) “PM10Primary” 4) “PM25Primary” 5) “SO2” 6) “VOC” 7) “NH3.” In each of these worksheets, there is a row labeled “METALS PROCESSING” in Column A. For 1996 through 2017, sum the value in this row across each of the worksheets, excluding the “PM25Primary” worksheet. This sum corresponds to the total shown in this chart for each year.
    1. The values in the “PM25Primary” worksheet are a subset of values in the “PM10Primary” worksheet, and should not be added to the “PM10Primary” values.
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Energy Use

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://www.eia.gov/consumption/manufacturing/data/2002/
  2. Click the first item in the table, “Consumption of Energy for All Purposes (First Use)”
  3. Download the XLS version of “Table 1.1 By Mfg. Industry & Region (physical units),” which is the first item listed.
  4. Use the links above the table to select 2006, then repeat Steps 2 and 3. Then do the same after selecting 2010 and 2014.
  5. For 1998, use the links above the table to select 1998. Then, click the first item in the table, “Consumption of Energy for All Purposes (First Use).” Then download the XLS version of the third file listed, “First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel), 1998; Level: National and Regional Data; Row: NAICS Codes; Column: Energy Sources and Shipments; Unit: Physical Units or Btu.”
  6. Within each of the downloaded files, sum the “Total (trillion Btu)” value in the “Total United States” section of the table the rows labeled with NAICS Codes 331111“Iron and Steel Mills,” 331112 “Electrometallurgical Ferroalloy Products,” and 3312 “Steel Products from Purchased Steel.” The sum of these values corresponds to the data shown in this chart for each corresponding year.

Note: Data for 2014 is from rows labeled with NAICS Codes 331110 "Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloys" and 3312 “Steel Products from Purchased Steel”

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Greenhouse Gases

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-01/documents/2018_complete_report.pdf. This link will open up a PDF file.
  2. Go to page 4-67 of the PDF file.
  3. For the years 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 shown in these tables, sum the “Total” rows appearing at the bottom of the following three tables:
    1. Table 4-57: CO2 Emissions from Metallurgical Coke Production (MMT CO2 Eq.);
    2. Table 4-59: CO2 Emissions from Iron and Steel Production (MMT CO2 Eq.); and
    3. Table 4-61: CH4 Emissions from Iron and Steel Production (MMT Co2 Eq.).
  4. For the year 2011, go to https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-02/documents/2017_complete_report.pdf
  5. Go to page 4-64 of the PDF file.
  6. Sum the “Total” rows appearing at the bottom of the following three tables:
    1. Table 4-60: CO2 Emissions from Metallurgical Coke Production (MMT CO2 Eq.);
    2. Table 4-62: CO2 Emissions from Iron and Steel Production (MMT CO2 Eq.); and
    3. Table 4-64: CH4 Emissions from Iron and Steel Production (MMT CO2 Eq.).
      Note: Tables 4-61 and 4-64: CH4 Emissions from Iron and Steel Production (MMT CO2 Eq.) do not contain numeric values. Emissions of 0.05 MMT CO2 Eq. are substituted for these values.
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Hazardous Waste Generation

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  1. Go to https://rcrapublic.epa.gov/rcrainfoweb/action/modules/br/naics/view
  2. Repeat the following steps for each NAICS code and each reporting cycle. You will be able to access data for one year and one NAICS code at a time. For each reporting cycle, sum the output across the three NAICS code to calculate the total shown in this chart for the year corresponding to that reporting cycle.
    1. NAICS codes: 3311 IRON AND STEEL MILLS AND FERROALLOY MANUFACTURING;
      3312 STEEL PRODUCT MANUFACTURING FROM PURCHASED STEEL
    2. Reporting cycles: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
    3. You do not need to change the “Generators to Include” dropdown or the “Location” dropdown before hitting submit.
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Production-Related Waste Managed

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://www.epa.gov/enviro/tri-ez-search.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Flat (Denormalized) Form R – A flat view of the TRI database that contains a majority of the available TRI information.
  3. Select the following variables from the list of data elements provided.
    1. Reporting Year
    2. In the row immediately below Total Production Related Waste check the box above SUM
    3. Primary NAICS Code
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “STEP 3: Enter Search Criteria”
  5. On the next page:
    1. For Reporting Year – switch Operator to “Between.” In the pop-up box that results, enter “1998” into the top form field, and “2016” into the bottom form field. Then click Click “Enter BETWEEN Range in Search Field.” In the Sort Column field, enter “1.” (You can leave the other columns blank or unchanged.)
    2. For Primary NAICS Code – switch Operator to “Beginning with,” and enter “3311” under Search Value. Then check the last box to the right under “Where Only.”
    3. Click on “Search database” or “Output to CSV File”
  6. Repeat steps three through five with NAICS code “3312” and sum the corresponding values
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Recycling of Waste Chemicals

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://www.epa.gov/enviro/tri-ez-search.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Flat (Denormalized) Form R – A flat view of the TRI database that contains a majority of the available TRI information.
  3. Select the following variables from the list of data elements provided.
    1. Reporting Year
    2. In the row immediately below Recycling Onsite Current Year Quantity check the box above SUM
    3. Primary NAICS Code
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “STEP 3: Enter Search Criteria”
  5. On the next page:
    1. For Reporting Year – switch Operator to “Between.” In the pop-up box that results, enter “1998” into the top form field, and “2016” into the bottom form field. Then click Click “Enter BETWEEN Range in Search Field.” In the Sort Column field, enter “1.” (You can leave the other columns blank or unchanged.)
    2. For Primary NAICS Code – switch Operator to “Beginning with,” and enter “3311” under Search Value. Then check the last box to the right under “Where Only.”
    3. Click on “Search database” or “Output to CSV File”
  6. Repeat steps three through five with NAICS code “3312” and sum the corresponding values
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Releases to Land

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://www.epa.gov/enviro/tri-ez-search.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Flat (Denormalized) Form R – A flat view of the TRI database that contains a majority of the available TRI information.
  3. Select the following variables from the list of data elements provided.
    1. Reporting Year
    2. In the row immediately below Land Total Release check the box above SUM
    3. Primary NAICS Code
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “STEP 3: Enter Search Criteria”
  5. On the next page:
    1. For Reporting Year – switch Operator to “Between.” In the pop-up box that results, enter “1998” into the top form field, and “2016” into the bottom form field. Then click Click “Enter BETWEEN Range in Search Field.” In the Sort Column field, enter “1.” (You can leave the other columns blank or unchanged.)
    2. For Primary NAICS Code – switch Operator to “Beginning with,” and enter “3311” under Search Value. Then check the last box to the right under “Where Only.”
    3. Click on “Search database” or “Output to CSV File”
  6. Repeat steps three through five with NAICS code “3312” and sum the corresponding values
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Volume of Recycled Goods

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/iron_&_steel_scrap/
  2. For years 2013 – 2017, select the 2018 “Iron and Steel Scrap” report under “Mineral Commodities Summaries”
  3. Sum the values for “Home scrap” and “Purchased scrap” in the first table in the PDF file.
  4. For 2012, repeat the above steps using the 2017 PDF file.
  5. Repeat step 4 for year 1996 – 2011, using the PDF file corresponding to five years after the given year (e.g., 2011 data is from the 2016 report).
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Water Discharges

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://www.epa.gov/enviro/tri-ez-search.
  2. Scroll down and click on “Flat (Denormalized) Form R – A flat view of the TRI database that contains a majority of the available TRI information.
  3. Select the following variables from the list of data elements provided.
    1. Reporting Year
    2. In the row immediately below Water Total Release check the box above SUM
    3. Primary NAICS Code
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “STEP 3: Enter Search Criteria”
  5. On the next page:
    1. For Reporting Year – switch Operator to “Between.” In the pop-up box that results, enter “1998” into the top form field, and “2016” into the bottom form field. Then click Click “Enter BETWEEN Range in Search Field.” In the Sort Column field, enter “1.” (You can leave the other columns blank or unchanged.)
    2. For Primary NAICS Code – switch Operator to “Beginning with,” and enter “3311” under Search Value. Then check the last box to the right under “Where Only.”
    3. Click on “Search database” or “Output to CSV File”
  6. Repeat steps three through five with NAICS code “3312” and sum the corresponding values
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Dollar Value of Goods Produced

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://www.bea.gov/industry/gdpbyind_data.htm
  2. Select “Access Underlying Detail tables.”
  3. Select “Gross Output by Industry.”
  4. Select “U.Gross Output by Industry (A).” Then on the next page, click “Next Step.” The resulting data table will then load.
  5. Select “Modify” in the upper-right-hand corner of the table. In the resulting window:
    1. Set the scale as “Billions”
    2. Set the start year as “1997”
    3. Set the end year as “Most Recent”
    4. In the code list, select only “(3311IS) Iron and steel mills and manufacturing from purchased steel.” Do not select any other item in this menu, doing so may double count.
    5. Click “Refresh Table”
  6. Row 1 of the resulting table, labeled “Iron and steel mills and manufacturing from purchased steel" provides the corresponding data shown in this chart for each year.
  7. (Optional) Download the dataset in XLS, CSV, or PDF format.
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Employment

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Note: Processing employment data from the Census Bureau will require use of data processing software. The data are available in a comma-delimited text format that must be imported into a software package that will allow you to analyze the file.

  1. Go to https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/cbp/data/datasets.html
  2. Click on any link labeled “County Business Patterns: YEAR.” On the resulting page, click the “Complete U.S. File” link and download the corresponding file. Repeat this process for each year from 1998 to 2016.
  3. Open each file in a software package of your choice that can process comma-delimited text files. Repeat the steps below for each file.
  4. For entities with suppressed data, the Census Bureau replaces all employment values with zeroes and this underestimates the total number of employees in each sector. Using your software package, replace the suppression flags with the midpoint of the Data Suppression Flag employment ranges per the table below.
    Empflag Data Suppression Flag Employment Size Class Midpoint
    Min Max
    A 0 19 10
    B 20 99 60
    C 100 249 175
    E 250 499 375
    F 500 999 750
    G 1000 2,499 1,750
    H 2,500 4,999 3,750
    I 5000 9,999 7,500
    J 10,000 24,999 17,500
    K 25,000 49,999 37,500
    L 50,000 99,999 75,000
    M 100,000 >100,000 100,000
  5. In your software package, filter the data for NAICS codes that begin with 3311 and 3312.
  6. With the filter in place, aggregate the “emp” column across all records.
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Produced Goods

How to Download Your Data
  1. Go to https://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/iron_&_steel/
  2. For years 2013 – 2017, select the 2018 “Iron and Steel” report under “Mineral Commodities Summaries”
  3. Sum the values for “Steel mill products,” “Steel castings,” and “Iron castings” under “Shipments:” in the first table in the PDF file.
  4. For 2012, repeat the above steps using the 2017 PDF file.
  5. Repeat step 4 for year 1996 – 2011, using the PDF file corresponding to five years after the given year (e.g., data for 2011 is in the 2016 report).
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