On April 29, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced planned updates to the Toxics Release Inventory that will broaden the program’s reach. The changes, expected to be finalized before the end of the year, will require annual reporting by additional facilities and on more chemicals. Natural-gas processing facilities and certain contract facilities that use ethylene oxide for sterilization will be included as covered industries.
Additional forms of PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances), found in items such as nonstick cookware, stain-resistant carpet, and waterproof shoes, will be included on the TRI chemical list. The agency also plans to propose adding chemicals that are designated as high-priority and included in the TSCA Workplan under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
In large part, the revisions are aimed at better protecting the health and safety of residents—usually people of color, usually in low-income communities—near industrial facilities. The changes will improve transparency as well as public access to environmental information.
Until the anticipated changes are finalized, effective dates and associated reporting deadlines will remain uncertain. Barr is monitoring developments closely to keep our clients informed. In the meantime, if you have questions about the TRI or are seeking assistance with analysis or reporting, contact us.
About the author
Kim Hand has three decades of experience assisting fuels, power, and mining clients with environmental management and health and safety. Her work includes preparing Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) reports, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical data reports, pollution-prevention reports and plans, air-emission and greenhouse gas inventories, and risk management plans.