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Update on Activities in the U.S . EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory Program. November, 2014 Mexico City, Mexico. Stephen C. DeVito, Ph.D., RPh. Rulemaking Activities. Finalized rule that added ortho -Nitrotoluene to TRI Chemical list

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Update on Activities in the U.S. EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory Program

November, 2014

Mexico City, Mexico

Stephen C. DeVito, Ph.D., RPh.

Rulemaking Activities

  • Finalized rule that added ortho-Nitrotoluene to TRI Chemical list

    o- Nitrotoluene classified as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" by the U.S. National Toxicology Program

    • Final rule published Nov. 7 2013

    • Effective with the 2014 reporting year (first reports due July 1, 2015)

    • More info at:www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-07/pdf/2013-26475.pdf

  • Finalized rule that added Nonylphenol to the TRI Chemical list

    • Final rule published Tuesday, Sept 30th, 2014

    • Effective with the 2015 reporting year (first reports due July 1, 2016)

    • More info at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-30/pdf/2014-23255.pdf

TRI University Challenge


  • This project seeks to:

    • gain a better understanding of and address TRI data user needs at the community level and national level, and

    • promote the use of TRI data and information on behalf of vulnerable communities.

  • This project involves working collaboratively with professors, college classes or individual students;

TRI University Challenge


  • University Partners for 2014-2015 Academic Year

  • Drew University – Environmental Studies and Sustainability

  • Southeastern Louisiana University – Computer Sci and Industrial Techn.

  • SUNY Plattsburgh - Center for Earth and Environmental Science

  • Tennessee State University - Geographic Information Sciences Laboratory

  • University of California, Los Angeles - Institute of the Environ and Sustain.

  • University of South Carolina – Department of Geography

TRI Community Engagement Initiative

  • Goal: To make TRI data easier to access, understand and use for communities.

    • Conducted Four Pilot Community Projects -- in Tonawanda, NY, South Philadelphia,

      PA, Jurupa Valley, CA, and North Birmingham, AL.

      • Held educational workshops and solicited input in each of the four pilot communities to improve TRI outreach and educational efforts.

    • Created new “TRI for Communities” section of TRI website: www.epa.gov/tri/communities

  • “Introduction to TRI for Communities”

  • Community-oriented slide presentation for

  • Educating communities about TRI

  • “TRI Community Snapshots”

  • Two-page handouts for four pilot communities

TRI Community Engagement Special Pilot Projects

  • TRI Community Engagement Mapping Project

  • for South Philadelphia Pilot Project

  • Interactive map of TRI and other EPA regulated facilities -- and public sites where aging adults and children congregate in South Philadelphia


TRI Community-Scale Analysis of

North Birmingham, Alabama

Pollution Prevention Activities

Latino/Hispanic novella style

introduction to TRI in

Spanish and English

TRI pilot community engagement projects demonstrated that TRI can help communities:

  • Identify how many TRI facilities operate in the community and where they are located.

  • Identify which chemicals are being released by TRI facilities.

  • Track increases or reductions of toxic chemical releases from facilities located in the community over time.

  • Compare the toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention efforts of facilities in one location with similar facilities across the country.

  • Prioritize efforts to reduce pollutionfrom facilities located in the area.

  • All new TRI Community Engagement products are available at: www.epa.gov/tri/communities

TRI Pollution Prevention (P2) Initiative


  • This initiative seeks to:

    • Encourage better reporting of effective environmental practices (e.g., P2) by facilities;

    • Make TRI data collected under the P2 Act more accessible;

    • Develop a framework for using TRI data to achieve P2;

    • Promote use of TRI as a tool for identifying solutions and best practices that have led to superior environmental outcomes.

  • This initiative involves working collaboratively with public & private sector organizations who promote P2.

Comparing TRI & GHG Trends

Upcoming Events

  • TRI National Analysis (Reporting Year 2013)

    • Scheduled to take place in January, 2015;

    • Much more pollution prevention-related information was reported;

    • Parent Company enhancement to the P2 Tool to be available

  • TRI National Conference

    • November, 2015

    • Washington DC area

TRI and the International Scene

The Current Situation

  • Need to assess progress in sustainability on a global level;

    • More emphasis will be placed on PRTRs as sustainability tools.

  • Existing PRTRs were designed to track emissions and waste transfers on a country (local) level, not on a global level;

  • It is difficult to integrate information from different PRTR systems

    • Differences in chemical coverage;

    • Differences in sector coverage;

    • Differences in reporting criteria (e.g., reporting thresholds).

The Current Situation

  • Little guidance exists on how PRTR data can be used to achieve global sustainability;

    • Many PRTRs collect specific pollution prevention information, but there is little information on how this information can be used to further prevent pollution.

      • All PRTRs collect information release and waste transfer information, which can be used in pollution prevention related analyses.

What is Being Done

  • Making the information collected by existing PRTRs more comparable and miscible;

  • Taking steps to make the information collected by emerging or future PRTRs comparable/miscible with existing PRTRs;

  • Developing guidance that describes how PRTR information can be used in achieving global sustainability;

  • Some PRTR programs are:

    • Improving the pollution prevention information they collect;

    • Expanding and encouraging the use of pollution prevention information;

    • Repackaging the pollution prevention information;

      • Make it more accessible;

      • Make it more useable;

      • Promote accomplishments in pollution prevention

Data Comparability Among Existing PRTRs

  • North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    • “Action Plan to Enhance the Comparability of Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers in North America”

    • Taking Stock Online tool

      • Integrates and enables analyses of PRTR data from Mexico (RETC), U.S. (TRI) and Canada (NPRI);

      • www.cec.org/Page.asp?PageID=749&SiteNodeID=1215&BL_ExpandID=754

  • European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)

    • provides easily accessible PRTR data from facilities in European Union Member States and in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Switzerland.

      • prtr.ec.europa.eu/home.aspx

  • OECD’s Centre for PRTR Data

    • Enables access to PRTR data of the OECD area

      • www2.env.go.jp/chemi/prtr/prtrdata/prtr/localstart.php

Data Comparability: Emerging PRTRs

Activities by the OECD’s PRTR Task Force:

Development of a Global PRTR

  • Draft Guidance Document on Elements of a PRTR: Part I (Nov. 2013)

    • Outlines the design of a PRTR;

    • Focuses on common elements among different PRTRs;

    • Serves as a framework from which emerging or future PRTRs can be designed, such that data can be harmonized with data collected by other PRTRs.

  • Guidance Document on Elements of a PRTR Part II (draft developed)

    • Will describe how to implement the guidance provided in Part I (above)

Framework on Use of PRTR Information in Achieving Global Sustainability

  • OECD PRTR Task Force to develop the Framework

    • Target date is 2016

  • U.S. TRI Program is developing a framework that will describe how TRI data can be used in achieving global sustainability.

Where We Are Heading

  • Data Quality Program

  • Pollution Prevention Program

  • Data Analytics/Data Visualization

  • Meeting the Future Needs of Users of TRI Data

    • “TRI 2020” Vision

  • Knowledge on Demand Paradigm


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Knowledge on Demand

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