|June 2, 2004
SUBJECT: Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting 2004
TO: Midwest Area Safety, Health and Environmental Representatives
FROM: Ralph Jesse / s /
Area Environmental Protection Specialist
It is time once again to provide Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) reports to USEPA and State Designated Contacts (see Appendix F of the reporting forms and instructions link at the bottom of this page) in accordance with the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III specifically EPCRA section 313. As opposed to the EPCRA 311 and 312 reporting, which was done in March, where quantities stored are reported, EPCRA 313 requires quantities used in 2003 to be reported.
The following is required:
If your facility used a toxic chemical in 2003, above the established threshold, a TRI report must be filed by July 1. Since new toxic chemicals are added to the SARA 313 list from year to year, you should be aware of any changes to the list of toxic chemicals or to the Persistent Bio-accumulative Toxic chemicals (PBTs) list.
For the purposes of the TRI report, a toxic chemical is any chemical identified in 40 CFR 372.65:
* by alphabetical listing of the chemical description;
* by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry number; or,
* if the chemical fits the definition of a listed toxic chemical category.
You should check each of the three parts of the list to determine if your facility uses any of the toxic chemicals.
A current list of SARA 313 toxic chemicals is found at http://epa.gov/tri/chemical/index.htm.
PBTs are chemicals that the USEPA deems especially dangerous because these chemicals tend to accumulate in living tissue or are especially toxic. The EPA has established lower thresholds for listed PBT chemicals.
A list of PBT chemicals, guidance documents and other information may be found at http://epa.gov/tri/lawsandregs/pbt/pbtrule.htm.
The reporting forms and instructions are available at: