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Update on the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program February 2005 TRI National Meeting February 8-10, 2005 Included EPA, states, industry, and environmental groups Hosted by Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) State Priorities (as Reported by ECOS) Funding Partnerships Oversight

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tri national meeting
TRI National Meeting
  • February 8-10, 2005
  • Included EPA, states, industry, and environmental groups
  • Hosted by Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
state priorities as reported by ecos
State Priorities (as Reported by ECOS)
  • Funding
  • Partnerships
  • Oversight
  • Information Management
  • Previous weakening of Environmental Regulations
tri data use
TRI Data Use
  • EPA emphasis on collection of quality data
  • EPA not responsible for data use
  • OPPTS Risk Screening for Environmental Indicators (RSEI)
    • Air and water risk screening based onlbs. of TRI substances
  • Regional Offices
    • Enforcement targeting
    • Waste minimization programs
tri data use con t
TRI Data Use (Con’t)
  • Alarming use of data by RCRA office
    • Regulatory Development/ Options Prioritization
    • ID potential NPEP (National Partnership for Environmental Priorities) partners
    • Identify P2/Waste Min. Opportunities
    • Track GPRA progress
    • Use of TRI data is limited because it does not contain life-cycle data
tri data quality consistency
TRI Data Quality/ Consistency
  • Recent addendum/corrections to ’98 Q&A
  • Monthly conference calls between regions to informally resolve differing interpretations
  • Discussion/request of FACA on guidance
  • Particular interest in Section (VIII) definitions
tri reports efdr
TRI Reports: eFDR
  • Discussion of pros/cons
  • Why can’t EPA make available in database form?
  • Environmental groups planning to “vacuum up” eFDR to make available in database form
tri in context
TRI in Context
  • Background
    • Chemicals in the Economy
    • TRI History
    • TRI v. Hazards
  • Macro Trends
    • Overall releases decreasing over time
    • What is causing this?
      • Economic performance (shrinking economy/ overseas production)
      • P2/ Waste minimization/Raw material substitution
      • Good housekeeping
  • Non-TRI Releases and Transfers
    • Chemicals, sectors, sources not covered by TRI
    • Facilities below TRI reporting thresholds
  • Trends in Waste Management
tri in context con t
TRI in Context (Con’t)
  • Sector Oriented View of TRI Reporting/Releases
    • Extractive
    • Manufacturing
    • Utilities and Supporting Industries
    • Waste Disposal
  • Geographic Distribution
  • TRI Chemicals of Interest
    • Trends in Releases
    • Factors Contributing to Trends
    • EPA Activities
    • Likely Chemicals Profiled:
      • Lead
      • Dioxins
      • Mercury
      • TCE
      • Toluene
epa s tri modernization goals
EPA’s TRI Modernization Goals
  • Raise data quality
    • Data registries
    • Online real-time algorithms
  • Control cost of data input and correction
  • Increase the ability to integrate TRI data with other sources
  • Increase the ability to analyze TRI data
  • Speedup dissemination of data
  • Reduce the burden on TRI reporters
  • Meet the President’s management agenda/EGov initiative
web enabled tri me benefits according to epa
Web Enabled TRI-ME Benefits (According to EPA)
  • Facilities will come to one spot for all their EPA business
  • Facility will no longer have to download and install software
  • Facilities no longer will have to maintain data on their PC
  • Facility data can be pre-populated
  • Users can enter data in one sitting (or period) and then be done with TRI for the year
  • Might eliminate or significantly reduce data revisions by providing immediate feedback
  • TRI-ME can become “smarter,” guiding users through the data submission process to make it easier and faster
phase i burden reduction
Phase I Burden Reduction
  • Comments due March 11, 2005
  • Estimated burden reductions are suspect
  • Minor changes
    • Eliminates latitude/longitude
    • Eliminates EPA program identification numbers (4.9 and 4.10)
    • Eliminates ‘Percentage of Total Quantity of Toxic Chemicals Contributed by Stormwater (5.3 C)
    • Streamlines code list for On-Site Waste Treatment Methods
    • Eliminates ‘Range of Influent Concentration’
    • Allows reporting of waste treatment efficiency as a range instead of exact percentage
    • Streamlines on-site recycling process codes
phase ii burden reduction
Phase II Burden Reduction
  • EPA December 2003 white paper discussed 6 options:
    • Higher reporting thresholds for small businesses
    • Higher reporting thresholds for a category of facilities or class of chemicals with small reportable amounts
    • Expanding eligibility for the Form A Certification Statement
    • Creating a new, "No Significant Change" Certification Statement
    • Use of range reporting for Section 8 of the Form R
    • Other Options for burden reduction
      • Relief for facilities reporting zero releases on their Form R reports
      • Alternate year reporting
phase ii burden reduction cont
Phase II Burden Reduction (Cont.)
  • Converging on four options to be presented to Senior Management
    • Will include Form NS (No Significant Change)
  • August Proposal?
metals framework
Metals Framework
  • ORD document undergoing SAB review
  • Final product may suggest need to reconsider previous PBT decisions relating to lead and other metals
  • While review could affect PBT status, could also have no impact once individual compound toxicity considered (e.g. recent NCI determination)
other miscellaneous
Other Miscellaneous
  • Current ICR expires January ’06
    • Proposal likely in March
    • Expect to include very detailed burden analysis to facilitate evaluation of burden reduction
  • NAICS rule late spring; not effective until RY ’05
  • RY ’04 forms coming out in March
    • April mailing