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EPA Offers Free Workshops on TRI (Form R) Chemical Reporting

Release Date: 3/8/2000
Contact Information: Ruth Podems (215) 814-5540

Ruth Podems, 215-814-5540

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a two-day workshop for businesses on how to comply with federal chemical and waste reporting requirements, commonly known as Form R reporting. The workshop will be held at Crown Cork & Seal, One Crown Way, 122200 Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia on Wednesday May 24 and Thursday May 25.

Certain industries are required to submit to the EPA annual reports of their chemical releases into the air and water and their hazardous waste practices. These reports are used to compile the Toxic Release Inventory, a national database available to the public keeping them up-to-date on the environmental practices of plants in their communities. The inventory was established with the passage of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA).

Examples of businesses that must comply with EPCRA include, but are not limited to metal mining, coal mining, manufacturing, electric generating plants, any commercial facility that treats, stores or disposes of hazardous waste, chemical production, petroleum production bulk plants and terminals, and solvent recovery operations.

The workshop will present the requirements and offer hands-on exercises on how to fill out the reporting form, or Form R, along with supporting documentation. The workshop is scheduled to allow enough time to comply before the July 1, 2000 reporting deadline. The workshop will also cover a major change in reporting requirements for very toxic chemicals. That is, beginning in calendar year 2000 for reports due July 1, 2001, the reporting threshold for very toxic chemicals will be reduced from 25,000 or 10,000 pounds to as low as 10 pounds.

To register, call SAIC at 703-318-4504. You must provide your name, your company’s name and SIC code, your address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Space is limited, so register as early as possible. Registration is accepted up to one week before the workshop.