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EPA Requires Electronic Reporting of TRI Data

Posted on: October 10, 2013

By John J. Kowalski, CHMM

On August 27, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule that requires facilities to submit non-trade secret Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) forms using electronic software provided by the Agency.  Under this rulemaking, EPA also requires facilities to electronically submit, via the Internet, any revisions or withdrawals of previously-submitted TRI reporting forms.  In addition, the Agency will no longer accept submissions, revisions or withdrawals of TRI reporting forms submitted for reporting years prior to reporting year 1991.  For trade secret submissions, EPA will still only accept revisions or withdrawals of previously-submitted trade secret information on paper forms, but only for reporting years back to reporting year 1991.  This final rule is effective on January 21, 2014.

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Environmental Protection Agency.  “Electronic Reporting of Toxics Release Inventory Data.”  Federal Register 78 (27 August 2013):  52860- 52868.