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Using TRI Data Region 2 Priority Targeting . Nora Lopez EPA Region 2. Region 2 Priority Targeting. Priority Targeting Subgroup formed at the request of the P2 Council Subgroup is multidivisional

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Using tri data region 2 priority targeting

Using TRI Data Region 2 Priority Targeting

Nora Lopez

EPA Region 2


Region 2 priority targeting

Region 2 Priority Targeting

  • Priority Targeting Subgroup formed at the request of the P2 Council

    • Subgroup is multidivisional

    • Tasked with identifying information that could be used to direct limited P2 resources to reduce toxicity risks posed as either

      • Chemicals emitted

      • Discharged

      • Contained in products

      • Produced

      • Measured in the ambient environment


Region 2 priority targeting1

Region 2 Priority Targeting

  • Recognizes that many environmental problems are linked to facilities and substances not in TRI. For example:

    • National Estuary Program reducing impacts of nitrogenous fertilizer applied to golf courses

    • Solid Waste Team focusing on reducing disposal of electronic equipment in landfills


Region 2 priority targeting2

Region 2 Priority Targeting

  • Process for priority targeting in TRI

    • Identify risks posed by chemicals

      • applying RSEI Model

    • Sort information by

      • media, chemical, geography or SIC

    • Conduct an inquiry of affected managers to obtain suggestions and concerns

    • Transmit the Team’s findings of the TRI/RSEI analysis and ranking to P2 Council

    • Align P2 activities strategically


Region 2 priority targeting3

Region 2 Priority Targeting

  • First Project Goal:

    • Use a science-based methodology to select candidate facilities that have high risk due to their water discharges

    • Identify candidates for Clean Water Act sampling inspections and/or non-sampling P2 inspections to be conducted by:

      • Division of Environmental Science & Assessment

      • Division on Environmental Planning & Protection.


P2 inspection program effort

P2 Inspection Program Effort

  • Monitoring and Assessment Branch

    • Conducts monitoring inspections

      • sampling and non-sampling work in various media

    • Prepares reports documenting

      • Inspection and findings (including analytical sampling results)

    • Conducts P2 inspections

  • RSEI Water Analysis was shared with the program through the Subgroup

    • Interest in having P2 inspections and water sampling at greater risk facilities emerged


2003 rsei region 2 water

2003 RSEI Region 2 Water


P2 inspection program effort1

P2 Inspection Program Effort

  • First inspection with a sampling component looking to identify TRI issues was:

    • Gulf Oil LP Linden Terminal, Linden NJ

    • Petroleum bulk terminal that discharges to the Rahway River in NJ

    • Reported 420 pounds water emissions

    • 2003 RSEI ranked it the 2nd facility that contributes to the overall water risk in the Region


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Linden NJ


P2 inspection program effort2

P2 Inspection Program Effort

  • Chemicals emitted by the facility to water are chemical components of gasoline

  • Facility has a Stormwater NPDES permit to emit to Rahway River

  • Close to the EPA Region 2 Edison Facility

  • Served as test of priority setting exercise

  • CWA inspection with monitoring and P2 inspection was conducted


What we learned

What we learned !

  • NPDES Permit is for Oil& Grease and suspended solids

    • No specific TRI chemical was targeted

  • Facility used amount of oil and grease to calculate TRI Releases; speciation based on gasoline components


What we learned1

What we learned !

  • Releases reported to TRI in 2003

    • (420 pounds) based on yearly stormwater quantity instead of gallons emitted when the sampling was conducted, as per state instructions

    • Possible over estimation of releases

  • Many petroleum bulks stations in the area discharge to same water body

    • If Management concurs we could suggest that NJDEP to modify permits to include monitoring of specific TRI chemicals in discharges to the river


What we learned2

What we learned !

  • Future inspections under the priority targeting effort now include sampling for TRI chemical contributing to RSEI water risk

  • Petroleum bulk stations in the area have changed business operations and might not be covered by TRI

  • Approach has started the dialog with the Water Program that could provide further direction in the Region


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