ATLANTA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen three proposals from around the country to take part in the 2015 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, according to a press release.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Mercyhurst University had accepted proposals, noted the release. The TRI project aims “to increase public awareness and use of data on industrial releases of toxic chemicals in communities.”

“For more than 25 years, the TRI program has gathered data critical to helping communities make informed decisions about their environment,” said Ann Dunkin, EPA chief information officer, in the release. “Through the 2015 TRI University Challenge, we hope to raise awareness of this valuable data among students and professors, and engage them in research that will benefit their communities and further our work to protect human health and the environment.”

Through TRI, communities, government and non-governmental organizations are informed about toxic chemical releases, as well as how the releases are prevented by industries, reported the release.

The 2014-15 challenge involved six partners that worked to improve understanding of TRI data with visualization and analytics, stated the release. Three of the projects will be completed in the 2016 academic year.

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