EPA Proposes Changes to TRI Reporting and Requests Comments—Comments must be submitted by January 16, 2008.
EPA has proposed the following changes to TRI reporting
more specific "basis of estimate'' codes (applies to Form R only.) Facilities
may currently select among four codes to indicate how they calculate their
release quantities: the use of monitoring data (code M), mass balance
calculations (C), emission factors (E), and other approaches (O). The
addition of more specific codes in the TRI Reporting Forms and
Instructions will allow reporting facilities to provide more detailed
information on their basis of estimate. Collecting more specific "basis
of estimate'' data will help the TRI Program determine which methods are
most often used and/or appropriate for use by particular industries for
certain chemicals, as well as when new TRI guidance may be needed.
Therefore, EPA will provide a more extensive list of codes for "basis of
estimate'' in the TRI Reporting Forms and Instructions, including (M1) and
(M2) for continuous and periodic/random monitoring, respectively; and (E1)
and (E2) for published and site-specific emission factors, respectively.
(Codes (C) and (O) will remain unchanged.) By using these codes,
facilities will indicate the principal method used to determine the
quantities reported to TRI.
Public Contact information (applies to Form and Form A.) EPA proposes to
add a place on the form where a facility can provide the e-mail address
for the "Public Contact'' on the Form R, in addition to the Public
Contact name and telephone number which are already on the Form R. This
should make it easier to contact the individual identified.
boxes for entering revision codes (applies to Form R and Form A.) The TRI
Program currently receives many form revisions each year, but does not
currently collect information on the reasons for the revisions. EPA
proposes to add new revision codes that will help both the public and the
TRI Program staff understand why a facility resubmitted a form. In
addition, the TRI Program may be able to analyze the revision codes
entered by facilities to identify and address recurring reporting issues
that facilities may be facing, ultimately reducing errors and saving time
for both the Agency and the reporting facilities. Facilities would be able
to report up to two codes (listed and defined in the TRI Reporting Forms
and Instructions) indicating the main reason(s) that a form is being
a field for withdrawing a form and add boxes for entering withdrawal Codes
(applies to Form R and Form A.) Currently, a facility that wishes to
withdraw a previously submitted form must submit its request, including
the rationale, as a hard copy memorandum to the TRI Data Processing
Center. Adding a "Withdrawal'' field and associated code boxes for
reasons for withdrawal to Form R will (1) streamline the withdrawal
process for facilities, (2) make it easier for EPA to automate the
withdrawal process, and (3) improve the Agency's ability to analyze the
reasons for withdrawals.
Comments must be submitted on or before January 16,
2008. Submit your comments, referencing
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-TRI-2007-0355, to (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our preferred
method), by e-mail to email@example.com,
or by mail to EPA Docket Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail
Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB by
mail to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and
Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW.,
Washington, DC 20503.
Agency Information Collection Activities,
Proposed Collections; Toxic Chemical Release Reporting; Request for Comments on
Proposed Changes and the Renewal of Form R. Federal Register: December 17, 2007 (Volume
72, Number 241).