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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)

History and Reporting Requirements

As a direct result of the Bophal disaster and several other major chemical spills in the United States, Congress passed the Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986. Some of the purposes of Community Right-to-Know Act are the following: to increase community awareness of chemical hazards, support and focus state and local planning activities, and to support chemical accident and pollution prevention initiatives. Each year EPA issues a Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data package which serves as a report card for how the nation is progressing in the effort to decrease releases of toxic chemicals into the environment. Specific information on TRI-COVERED facilities in your community is readily available. Information is reported by covered facilities on July 1 for the previous year. 

Covered facilities must report releases of toxic chemicals to the EPA and the State on a form R or A. Facilities are covered if they manufacture or process 25,000 pounds/year of an EPCRA Section 313-listed chemical or a member of a listed class of chemicals, or use 10,000 pounds of a listed chemical per year for any other use; have 10 or more employees per year; and are in manufacturing or production facilities. The form R report was expanded to include additional production and pollution prevention activities by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990.

Since reporting year 1993, all Federal Facilities are also required to report, regardless of their SIC codes, if the other two reporting criteria are met.  For the 1996 reporting year the chemical list was expanded to over 600 chemicals and 28 chemical categories.  For 1998 reporting year additional sectors were required to report. These include Metal Mining (SIC 10 except 1011, 1081, and 1094), Coal Mining (SIC 12 except 1241), Electricity Generating Facilities using coal or oil (SIC 4911, 4931, and 4939), Refuse Systems (4953), Chemicals and Allied Systems (5169), Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals (5171) and Solvent Recovery Services on a Contract or Fee Basis (7389) . 

To learn how facilities in the TRI database use or release toxic chemicals in Region 6, contact Morton (Mort) E. Wakeland, Jr., Ph.D., at (214) 665-8116 or E-Mail: wakeland.morton@epa.gov

To access TRI reporting guidance http://www.epa.gov/tri/ or the TRI Hot Line at 800-424-9346. You can obtain the most recent documents on reporting at http://www.epa.gov /ncepihom/orderpub.html free of charge or by calling 1-800-490-9198. 

Where has eDisclosure gone?

The EPA electronic Audit Policy Self-Disclosure system for EPCRA is being decommissioned effective July 1, 2013. Current registered users will no longer be able to submit self-disclosures, electronically. Instead registrants will be redirected to a webpage with further instructions on: “How Do I Make a Voluntary Disclosure Under EPA’s Audit Policy?”

If you have questions about the Audit Policy or eDisclosure, you may contact Mr. Philip Milton at 202-564-5029 (milton.philip@epa.gov).

 

Information on EPA's TRI Program Additions and New Initiatives:

  1. Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBTs)

In October of 1999 EPA published a final rule reducing the reportable threshold for selected PBTs and dioxin and dioxin-like compounds [40 CFR Part 372 (October 29, 1999)]. This final rule can be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. A complete listing of information available on this new rule can be accessed from the TRI home page http://www.epa.gov/tri.

   2. Lead and Lead Compounds

A recent final rule to lower the reporting threshold for lead and lead compounds can be found in the Federal Register for January 17, 2001 (40 CFR Part 372) at the above address. Supporting information may be found at the TRI home page address above. The new reporting threshold is 100 pounds of use of lead and lead compounds per year. It will effect 2002 reports for 2001 data.

   3. High Production Volume (HPV) Chemicals

The United States imports or produces 2,800 HPV chemicals at a level of more than one million pounds per year.  Only 7% of these have a full set of basic ecological and human toxicology testing.  In 1998 Administrator Carol Browner sent a letter to over 800 company executive officers asking them to voluntarily test HPV chemicals.  In Region 6, 161 companies were contacted.  Since than over 40 companies have made voluntary commitments to the HPV Challenge.  For more information go to http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/chemrtk

   4. Toxic Release Inventory - Based Risk Screening Environmental Indicators

This year the EPA will release a revised and expanded version of a Relative Risk Screening Environmental Indicators tool that is capable of converting facility release data in pounds to chronic human health risk weighted release values which include considerations such as demographics, exposure, wind direction, toxicity, ethnicity, and financial status. This version features the addition of water and land to air modeling and new graphic plume representations. The tool is currently in the beta test phase. Several training sessions in the use of this model will be held throughout the year. Times and locations will be announced as they become available. For further information please see http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/rsei/

EPA Region 6 EPCA, Section 313 Contacts: 

Morton (Mort) E. Wakeland, Jr., Ph.D., EPCRA 313 Enforcement & Program Coordinator, (214) 665-8116, or
Email: wakeland.morton@epa.gov

Stan Lancaster, EPCRA 313 Enforcement Officer, 214.665.8034
Email: lancaster.stan@epa.gov

Larry Stranne, EPCRA 313 Inspector, (214) 665-7337, or
Email: stranne.lawrence@epa.gov  

State EPCA, Section 313 Contacts:  
 

ARKANSAS
Kenny Harmon
Hazardous Materials Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM)
Building #9501
Camp Joseph P. Robinson
North Little Rock, AR 72199
501-683-6752
Fax: 501-730-7890
email: kenny.harmon@adem.arkansas.gov

LOUISIANA
Michael Vince, Administrator
Air Quality Assessment Division
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Environmental Assessment
602 North 5th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
P. O. Box 4314
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4314
225-219-3482
Fax: 225-219-3239
email: michael.vince@la.gov

NEW MEXICO
Kenneth Shumpert
NM Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Intelligence & Security Bureau
Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection Coordinator
13 Bataan Blvd.
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Mailing: P. O. Box 27111
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Office 505-476-9681
Cellular: 505-995-5959
Fax: 505-471-9695
email: Kenneth.Shumpert@state.nm.us

OKLAHOMA
Jami Murphy, Environmental Programs Specialist
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
707 North Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Mailing: P. O. Box 1677
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1677
405-702-1011
Fax: 405-702-1001
email: jami.murphy@deq.ok.gov

TEXAS
Kenneth (Blake) Kidd, PhD
Chief Engineer’s Office
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, TX 78753
512-239-1441
Mailing: P. O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087
www.tceq.state.tx.us
TRI help line: 512-239-4874
email: iufot@tceq.state.tx.us

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