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Public Dialogue Initiated on Toxics Release Inventory

Release Date: 11/13/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(11/13/03) On Nov. 5, EPA initiated a national on-line stakeholder dialogue on ways to reduce the effort associated with reporting to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities. This inventory was established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and expanded by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. EPA’s goal is to reduce the effort involved in TRI reporting while continuing to provide valuable information to the public as required by EPCRA. Previous initiatives, such as the Form A Certification Statement and the Toxics Release Inventory - Made Easy (TRI-ME) software have succeeded in reducing the effort associated with TRI reporting. More background on the TRI program and possible different reporting options is available at: Comments will be accepted until Jan. 5, 2004, and all comments will be posted to the Agency’s electronic docket. For more information, please see the Federal Register notice at:, and click on Nov.5, and scroll down to “Environmental Protection Agency.”