Environmental Compliance

Ashland operations are subject to global environmental laws and regulations, which include air emissions, wastewater and storm water discharges, hazardous substances, and the handling and disposal of solid wastes. These laws and regulations are enforceable by national, state and local authorities around the world. Ashland is committed in complying with all global environmental regulations and requirements and we accomplish this through our Responsible Care Management System.

Environmental Releases

All Ashland owned worldwide facilities are required to internally report environmental releases, exceedances, agency notices and fines through Ashland’s global incident management system. Ashland tracks and manages its environmental releases to insure there is minimal harm to the environment.  The collected data is used to drive spill-prevention activities within our operations.

The table below summarizes our reportable releases for the past two years.

  2016 2015 2014
Reportable releases1 (total number) 4 8 11

1Reportable releases: Releases required to be reported to a regulatory or government organization.

Toxic Release Inventory

(Unites States Only)

U.S. Ashland plants report annually on the release of toxic chemicals to the air, water, and land. These releases are defined in the U.S. Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The purpose SARA is to report publicly the releases and transfers of hazardous chemicals as defined by EPA.

U.S. TRI Waste and Emissions (millions of pounds)
  2016 2015 2014
Deepwell Disposal 1.93 0.94 2.48
Releases to Air 1.02 1.17 0.75
Releases to Water 0.045 0.06 0.06
Releases to Land 0 0 0
Offsite Transfers 18.3 18.6 19.1
Releases and Transfers 21.31 20.81 22.39