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MEDIA ADVISORY - U.S. EPA to sponsor free CNMI workshop on Toxics Release Inventory reporting

Release Date: 10/25/2012
Contact Information: Dean Higuchi, 808-541-2711, higuchi.dean@epa.gov

(10/25/12) HONOLULU - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a free Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) technical assistance workshop on Wednesday, October 31, 8:30 am – Noon in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), explain reporting requirements for certain facilities that manufacture, process, or otherwise use toxic chemicals.

The TRI gives the public nationwide information about the amounts of chemicals that certain facilities release into the water, air, and land. Facility owners and environmental consultants are strongly encouraged to attend so they can learn about these important mandatory reporting requirements.

TRI helps the public understand chemical pollution and its potential effects on the community, and industry plays a critical role in making this information available. The goal of TRI is to support informed decision-making by industry, government, nongovernmental organizations, and the public.

EPA’s contractor will be in CNMI the week of October 29 working with facilities on-site to improve the quality of their TRI reporting. To reserve a spot in the TRI Workshop, please contact U.S. EPA’s contractor, John Wilhelmi at John.Wilhelmi@erg.com or (671) 929-3144
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The workshop will be at the Azucena I Room of the Fiesta Resort Hotel, Coral Three Avenue, Micro Beach, Garapan, 8:30 am - Noon. You can also attend an identical workshop in Guam on Friday, October 26, 8:30 am – Noon, at the Guam Power Authority’s Harmon Main Office, 1911 Rte 16, Harmon. Facilities and their representatives can also contact Mr. Wilhelmi to schedule time for additional technical assistance while he is on-island.

These web links can help you learn more about TRI:
http://www.epa.gov/tri/triprogram/whatis.htm (What is TRI?)
http://www.epa.gov/tri/triprogram/bussinesscycle/index.html (EPA TRI reporting requirements)

These links show what Guam facilities have reported to the TRI:
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/8C87F9F201C3C5568525797C0069E0A8
http://iaspub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_broker_statefs.broker?p_view=STCO&trilib=TRIQ1&state=GU&SFS=YES&year=2010

This site shows how TRI can help you understand chemical pollution and its potential effects on your community: www.epa.gov/tri/stakeholders/communities/index.htm

For more information, contact Pat Maravilla, TRI Program, U.S. EPA, Region 9 (415) 947-4177 (toll free at 1-866-EPA-WEST), maravilla.pat@epa.gov, or Norwood Scott, Technical Advisor at 415-972-3373 or scott.norwood@epa.gov.
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