US EPA Toxic Release Inventory 2015 Changes

There are a number of changes for the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) report due on July 1, 2015 (RY 2014).

New Chemical added to the list

In the final rule published on November 7, 2013 (78 FR 66848) o-nitrotoluene was added to the list of chemicals subject to TRI reporting. The RY2014 activities will be the first to require reporting on o-nitrotoluene.

Providing updates with submission of Form R or Form A

TRI-MEweb has been modified to allow facilities to submit optional facility level information without submitting a Form R or Form A. Now facilities can indicate that they will no longer be submitting reports or will not be submitting a form for one or more chemicals in the reporting year.

USGS National Hydrography Dataset

Section 5.3 requires the entry of the names of the streams or water bodies to which your facility directly discharges a reportable chemical. An optional field has been added to include the United States Geological Service (USGS) National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) code. TRI-MEweb will have an interactive map that the user can pull up to select the 14 digit code HND code.

Identification of production or activity ratio

In Section 8.9, facilities will have to indicate if they are using a production ratio or activity ratio. The ratio compares the current reporting year to the previous year. In the past the ratio was reported without indicating if it was based on production or an activity.

Source Reduction Activities

The facility has the option of identifying the percentage range indicating the estimated annual reduction in chemical waste generation associated with the source reduction activity or activities reported in Section 8.10

Optional checkboxes in Section 8.11

Optional checkboxes have been added to Section 8.11 to identify routine barriers faced in source reduction activities. A “Provide additional info” checkbox has also been added that can be checked so additional information can be provided.

Checkboxes for Categorizing Optional Free-Text information in Section 8.11 and 9.1

Optional Text is Sections 8.11 and 9.1 will be displayed as a table identifying the section the text is associated with instead as a single textbox as in previous years.

Pollution Prevention 

US EPA is trying to increase the amount of Pollution Prevention (P2) information reported in Sections 8.10 and 8.11 available to the public. All P2 entries are featured in the TRI P2 search tool. The search tool also has information on the corporate level. More information on the search tool is available

Looking ahead to RY2015 – Nonylphenol Category

On September 30, 2014 [79FR58686] the final rule adding nonylphenol category to the TRI list of reportable chemicals was published. The nonylphenol category table is provided below.

Nonylphenol[This category includes only those chemicals listed below]

CAS No. Chemical Name
104-40-5 4-Nonylphenol
11066-49-2 Isononylphenol
25154-52-3 Nonylphenol
26543-97-5 4-Isononylphenol
84852-15-3 4-Nonylphenol, branched
90481-04-2 Nonylphenol, branched

A TRI facility that manufacture, process or otherwise use a Nonylphenol Category chemical should start keeping records this year for the next reporting cycle.

This article was excerpted from publically available information, and was authored by Joyce Gentry.

Joyce McCune Gentry, P.E., MS, has more than twenty years of experience in the environmental arena. Joyce is a Registered Professional Engineer in West Virginia. She works with industrial and commercial clients, providing technical consulting services, including water and air permitting, pollution prevention planning, the development and implementation of waste management programs, as well as advice on client-specific environmental issues. In addition to providing support for industrial and commercial clients, she has provided litigation support, such as environmental data analysis and data management.
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