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TRI Laws, Rulemakings and Notices
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- Laws and Executive Orders
- Current Regulatory Development Activities
- Information Collection Requests (ICRs)
The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) was established in 1986 by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). In 1990, Congress passed the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA), which required that facilities report additional data on waste management and source reduction activities under TRI. The TRI-specific sections of these two laws are Section 313 of EPCRA and Section 6607 of PPA.
- Summary of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
- Summary of the Pollution Prevention Ac of 1990
- Full Text of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation, with environmental regulations contained mainly in title 40. TRI regulations can be found at 40 CFR Part 372 .
An Executive Order (EO) in 1993 required federal facilities to comply with Section 313 of EPCRA regardless of their primary North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. Two additional EOs reinforced this requirement.
- Executive Order 12856 -
Federal Compliance With Right-To-Know Laws and Pollution Prevention Requirements (PDF)
(6 pp, 124 K) - August 3, 1993
- Executive Order 13148 -
Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental (PDF)
(11 pp, 280 K) - April 21, 2000
- Executive Order 13423 -
Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management (PDF)
(5 pp, 140 K) - January 24, 2007
The TRI Program is involved in several regulatory development activities:
- Updating the TRI NAICS Codes - EPA has published proposed and direct final rules for updating the TRI NAICS Codes using the revised OMB 2012 NAICS. The 2012 TRI NAICS codes will be effective for Reporting Year 2013, for reports due to the Agency on or before July 1, 2014. If no adverse comments are received, the proposal is withdrawn and the direct final rule will go into effect 90 days from the date of publication. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until August 18, 2013.
- Addition of a Nonylphenol Category - EPA has published a proposed rule to add a nonylphenol category to the to the TRI list of reportable chemicals. Nonylphenol is highly toxic to aquatic organisms and has been found in ambient waters. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until August 19, 2013.
- Addition of ortho-Nitrotoluene - EPA has finalized a rule to add ortho-nitrotoluene to the list of chemicals subject to the list of TRI reportable chemicals. o-Nitrotoluene has been classified as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" by the National Toxicology Program (NTP).
- Potential TRI Sectors Expansion - EPA is considering whether to broaden the scope of industry sectors covered by EPCRA § 313 (the Toxics Release Inventory Program) to include the following industry sectors: Steam Generation from Coal and/or Oil, Petroleum Bulk Storage, Iron Ore Mining, Phosphate Mining, Large Dry Cleaning and Solid Waste Combustors and Incinerators.
- Find more information and view comments in the online discussion forum (Forum closed on November 10, 2011)
- Requiring Electronic Reporting Under Section 313 of EPCRA - EPA has finalized a rule to require the electronic reporting of non-confidential TRI data using the Web-based TRI-MEweb reporting application.
- Modification of Toxics Release Inventory Reporting Requirements Primarily Associated with Metal Mining - EPA's TRI Program is considering modifying TRI reporting requirements that apply to metal mining operations.
- Articles Exemption Clarification Proposed Rule - In August of 2009, EPA proposed a rule to clarify the TRI articles exemption. EPA has since withdrawn the proposal and now plans to publish a supplemental proposed rule in order to respond to comments received.
An ICR is a set of documents that describe reporting, record keeping, survey or other information collection requirements imposed on the public by EPA. The ICR provides an overview of the collection and estimates the cost and time for the public to respond. The public may view an ICR and submit comments on it at any time. TRI ICRs are resubmitted for approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) every 2-3 years.
2011 TRI ICR Renewals
TRI Reporting Request for Comments on Proposed Renewal of Form R, Form A
(EPA ICR No. 1363.21 OMB Control Number 2025-0009)
- Notice of Final OMB Approval (PDF) (2 pp, 151 K)
- Final Federal Register Notice (PDF) (4 pp, 160 K)
- Proposed Federal Register Notice (PDF) (4 pp, 161 K)
- Supporting Statement (PDF)
- Proposed Ratio-Based Burden Methodology (PDF)
- Approved Form A, Form R and Form R Schedule 1 Certification Statements (PDF)
- Proposed Form A, Form R and Form R Schedule 1 Certification Statements (PDF)