In this edition of the Compliance Digest, we cover the U.S. EPA’s July 1st deadline for companies to submit Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data.
Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
What is it?
The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. U.S. facilities in different industry sectors must report annually how much of each chemical is released to the environment and/or managed through recycling, energy recovery and treatment. A “release” of a chemical means that it is emitted to the air or water, or placed in some type of land disposal. The information submitted by facilities is compiled in the TRI. Each year, facilities that meet TRI reporting requirements face a July 1 deadline to submit reporting forms.
Who is affected?
A facility must submit a TRI report if it meets all three of the following criteria:
- Is in a specific industry sector (e.g. manufacturing, mining, utilities). The EPA has a webpage that helps you determine whether your facility’s NAICS code is a TRI-covered Industry.
- Employs 10 or more full-time equivalent employees.
- Manufactures, processes, or otherwise uses a TRI-listed chemical in quantities above threshold levels in a given year. In addition to its webpage on TRI-listed chemicals, the EPA also has a helpful TRI threshold screening tool that uses a step-by-step questionnaire to assist facilities in determining whether they meet and/or exceed established facility, employee, and chemical thresholds.
What are the requirements?
A facility that meets all three criteria above must:
- Submit a TRI Form R (long form) for each TRI-listed chemical it manufactures, processes, or otherwise uses in quantities above the reporting threshold.
- Submit each TRI form to both EPA and the state in which the facility is located (or to the appropriate tribe, if located in tribal territory).
TRI reporting forms must be submitted electronically using TRI-MEweb, the EPA’s online TRI reporting application.
Click here for more detailed information on facility reporting criteria, downloadable sample reporting forms, and the primary guidance document for TRI reporting.
Click here for an infographic on TRI reporting by EHS Daily Advisor.
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