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EPA Proposes to Modify Toxics Release Inventory Reporting Requirements

Release Date: 01/12/2005
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Contact: Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(01/12/05) EPA announced today the first of two proposed rules intended to reduce the time and resources needed to submit annual reports to EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). TRI data and information are currently provided to federal officials by nearly 23,000 industrial and federal facility owners and operators nationwide.

These rules are being proposed after the agency received suggestions from stakeholders in meetings and on-line between November, 2002 and March, 2004. The proposed rule being announced today is the “Toxics Release Inventory Forms Modification Rule” in the Federal Register Volume 70, Number 6. Today’s proposals contains several options that could potentially reduce the amount of time that facility representatives currently spend each year submitting data and information (by an estimated 45,000 hours).

The proposed changes to the TRI Reporting Forms are not anticipated to impact human health or environmental quality. EPA believes that these changes will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the TRI program, while continuing to provide the public with the same high level of information about chemical releases and waste management in their communities.

Comments on the proposed rule are due to EPA by March 11, 2005. For further information on this proposed rule or ways to submit comments on EPA’s proposal, visit the TRI Web Site at: http://epa.gov/tri/tridata/tier3/formsmodrule.html or contact Ms. Shelley Fudge 202-566-0674, U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Information, TRI Program Division, Washington, D.C. (EST); fudge.shelley@epa.gov or the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Hotline, Washington, D.C., (toll free) 1-800-424-9346 (EST). In Virginia or Alaska, call: 703-412-9810 (EST) or (toll free) TDD: 1-800-553-7672 (EST).