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Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) - Section 313

 

Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA)/ Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III)

 

How can I obtain TRI data that has been submitted?

What is the TRI Report?

How do I determine if I need to submit a TRI report?

TRI Threshold Screening Tool

When are TRI reports due?

Is there an EPA List of FAQs?

Who can I contact if I have questions or problems?

What types of guidance documents are available?

Have there been any TRI reporting changes?

What is the TRI reporting period?

How do I go about submitting a TRI Report?

Are there any TRI reporting fees?

Is any Training Available?

Additional TRI Info

TRI-MEweb Troubleshooting

 

How can I obtain TRI data that has been submitted?

The best way to obtain data is to visit the federal EPA webpage. Keep in mind, TRI reports July 1 are for the prior calendar year. Following submittal, data goes through various validation checks. For these reasons, be aware available data will not be for the current year, and may yet be unavailable for last year.

What is the TRI Report?

The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III), also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires the annual reporting of data pertaining to releases and transfers of certain toxic chemicals.  The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 requires the reporting of data pertaining to toxic chemicals treated on-site, recycled, or utilized for energy recovery.  These laws target specific industry sectors. As a result, certain facilities that manufacture, import, process, or use specific chemicals in amounts above specified thresholds, submit annual reports detailing disposal, releases, and other waste management activities.

TRI does not regulate chemical discharges, and should not be interpreted as an indication of a facility's level of regulatory compliance. In fact, the vast majority of information provided in TRI reports is legal/appropriate waste disposal or is activity performed under and in compliance with a permit.

 

How do I determine if I need to submit a TRI report?

A facility need submit a TRI report ONLY if it meets all three of the following criteria:

  • Facility type falls under a TRI-covered North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code (EPA TRI NAICS code webpage);

  • Facility has 10 or more full-time employee equivalents; and

  • Facility manufactures, imports, processes, or otherwise uses any EPCRA Section 313 chemical in quantities greater than the established threshold in the course of a calendar year (EPA TRI/Section 313 list).

Note: Executive Order 13423 requires federal facilities submit TRI reports regardless of NAICS code.

 

TRI Threshold Screening Tool

Some guidance documents are available on the EPA webpage.

When are TRI reports due?

TRI Reports are due no later than July 1, and must be submitted on an annual basis.

 

Is there an EPA list of FAQ's?

EPA maintains a database of FAQ's pertaining to TRI reporting. This information can be very helpful and you are urged to review the available information.

 

Who can I contact if I have questions or problems?

TRI Information Center

Questions: Clarification of TRI regulations, reporting requirements, and guidance, assistance in completing TRI forms.

  • (800) 424-9346 - option 3

  • (703) 412-9810 - DC area

 

Central Data Exchange Helpdesk

Questions: Access to CDX/ TRI-MEweb, user account accesss, & the status of your submission. facilitating step-by-step TRI-MEweb processes, reporting software issues, technical issues (i.e., data quality alerts, NOSEs, critical errors, etc.).

  • (970) 494-5500

  • (888) 890-1995

 

TRI Data Processing Center

Questions: Status of TRI-MEweb Electronic Signature Agreements (ESA) & to verify receipt of your submitta

  • (703) 227-7644 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (ET)

  • (703) 227-4199 - FAX

  • tridpc@epacdx.net  E-mail

 

EPA TRI Regional Coordinator

Questions: Self-disclosing EPCRA 313 violations, compliance and enforcement (late reports, data quality, non-reporting, recordkeeping), threshold calculations, TRI training.

 

What types of guidance documents are available?

Some guidance documents are available on the EPA webpage. These documents are often Industry Specific or chemical specific, but some are broadly applicable to the TRI reporting community.

 

Have there been any TRI Reporting changes over the past year?

Yes, there have been some rule changes. SOME recent changes and/or proposed changes are listed below. Be aware this is not a full or complete list:  

  • Electronic Reporting- EPA now requires that all non-trade secret TRI reports be submitted electronically.

  • Addition of 1-Bromopropane - EPA published a final rule to add 1-bromopropane to the list of chemicals subject to TRI reporting. The National Toxicology Program classifies 1-brompropane as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."  The final rule is effective for the 2016 calendar year, with the first reporting forms due from TRI facilities by July 1, 2017.

  • Addition of a Nonylphenol Category - EPA published a final rule to add a nonylphenol category to the list of chemicals subject to TRI reporting. Nonylphenol is highly toxic to aquatic organisms and has been found in ambient waters. The final rule is effective for the 2015 TRI reporting year with the first forms due by July 1, 2016.
  • Addition of ortho-Nitrotoluene - EPA has finalized a rule adding ortho-nitrotoluene to the list of TRI reportable chemicals.  The final rule is effective for the 2014 TRI reporting year with the first reports due July 1, 2015.  

 

What is the TRI reporting period?

Your TRI report is for activities that occurred during the preceding calendar year, beginning January 1 and ending December 31.  For instance, reports due July 1, 2016, will detail chemical activity for all of calendar year 2015.

 

How do I go about submitting a TRI Report?

Facilities are no longer allowed to submit TRI reports using paper forms.  EPA requires you submit your report electronically, utilizing the TRI-MEweb reporting application.   Reports submitted to EPA via TRI-MEweb are automatically provided to the state of South Dakota so you do not have to do anything additional to ensure your report is filed with the state.

 

Are there any TRI Reporting Fees?

There is a TRI Reporting Fee.  The fee is calculated separately for each chemical report and ranges from $250 to $3,000.  The maximum fee per facility is $3,000.  An invoice for your TRI fee will be sent to you within a week of your TRI submittal.  If you do not receive an invoice, contact Trish at 800-433-2288.  You are ultimately responsible for ensuring your facility pays the TRI fee.  SARA TITLE III, TOXIC RELEASE INVENTORY (TRI) SECTION 313 REPORT FEES

 

Is any training available?

Yes.

There are on-line training modules

EPA may also offer webinars and in person/on-site training opportunities.  Information about such training will be posted when/if it becomes available. 

Additional TRI info:


If you need assistance, please contact Trish Kindt at (800) 433-2288 or E-mail.

 

 

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