By July 1, some companies that produce, manufacture, process or use certain chemicals must submit Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports to the EPA and the states where they operate as part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (ECPRA) of 1986.
The quantities and types of chemicals in your inventory determine which form, Form A or Form R, you use to submit your reports. Each year, the EPA collects and consolidates these reports into a publicly accessible TRI database.
The TRI reports that are due on July 1, 2009, should include hazardous chemical inventory information from 2008, and must comply with the new guidelines that became effective on March 11 when President Barack Obama signed the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act.
The new guidelines essentially call for more detailed reporting and revert back to requirements that were in place prior to December 22, 2006. According to the EPA, "The change requires that all reports on persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals be submitted on "Form R," the more detailed form. For all other chemicals the shorter form, "Form A" may be used only if the "annual reporting amount" is 500 pounds or less and that the chemical was manufactured, processed or otherwise used in an amount not exceeding 1 million pounds during the reporting year."
Should you be reporting?
Hopefully, you already know whether your company must comply with this federal law, but if not your not sure, the EPA’s resource page is available to help you make the determination.
If you still have questions, we encourage you to contact a representative in the EPA’s TRI Program Division.
– The MSDSonline Compliance Team