SARA §313: Toxics Release Inventory

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What is TRI?

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a public database of annually reported toxic chemical releases and management from certain manufacturing or processing facilities. The TRI was established under Title III, Section 313, of the Federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), which is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). The TRI program was established to provide information to the public about the presence and release of toxic and hazardous chemicals in communities. 

From its inception, the TRI program has been expanding and evolving. As part of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, TRI was expanded and facilities must also report additional waste management and pollution prevention activities. In 1995, two hundred and eighty six chemicals and chemical categories were added to the reporting requirement. In 1998, seven new industry sectors were added to those facilities required to report, and in 2011 sixteen new chemicals were added to the reporting requirements. This addition of new sectors led to an increase in overall reporting. Currently the reportable TRI chemical list contains over 600 chemicals and chemical categories.

Certain manufacturing or processing facilities that produce, process, or otherwise use a TRI chemical in excess of a certain threshold level must report TRI information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to the state in which the facility is located. Since the inception of the program, DEQ has received and compiled TRI data from facilities in Virginia and published the information in an annual TRI report. Data for all reporting years are available to the public from the DEQ's SARA Title III office.

TRI Training

TRI-MEweb New Internet Reporting Application

Toxics Release Inventory – Made Easy Web (TRI-MEweb) is a Web-based application that enables facilities to file a paperless TRI reporting form, significantly reducing data errors and allowing instant receipt confirmation of submissions. TRI-MEweb requires no downloads or software installs, and is the required method for reporting toxic chemical releases under the TRI Program. 

TRI-MEweb Tutorials

Tutorials describing specific features and functionality of TRI-MEweb are now accessed through the application itself. More general tutorials about the CDX registration process are located on the Electronic Submission of TRI Reporting Forms page.

Simultaneous Submission of TRI Data

Virginia is one of 18 states that are participating in the on-line, simultaneous submission of TRI data to both EPA and the state. Facilities submitting their current reporting year data using the TRI-ME software over the Internet via EPA's CDX can have the submission simultaneously sent to EPA and to Virginia. The only provision is the facility must have submitted TRI information in a previous year and have a TRI Facility Identification Number, or TRIFID. This simultaneous submission eliminates the need for duplicate reporting and paper copies. Your facility can make one on-line submission rather than two paper or disk submissions. This should reduce the reporting burden on facilities, and help minimize any differences between EPA's Public Data Release and the Virginia TRI Report.

Recent TRI Programmatic Activities

TRI Reporting Requirements

A Virginia facility meeting all three of the following criteria must file a TRI report to US EPA and Virginia Emergency Response Council (VERC):

  1. The facility has ten or more full-time employees (a combined total for all employees of 20,000 hours or more for the year);
  2. The facility's primary business is within the specified North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. The industry sectors include metal mining, coal mining, paper and allied products, chemicals and allied products, petroleum terminals and bulk stations, and others. The complete list of covered industry groups is included in Appendix E of the Virginia TRI report; and 
  3. The facility manufactured, processed, or otherwise used a reportable toxic chemical in quantities greater than the established threshold in the course of a calendar year. The annual thresholds for non-PBT chemicals are 25,000 pounds for manufacturing, 25,000 pounds for processing, and 10,000 pounds for "otherwise use" of a TRI chemical. For Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxin (PBT) chemicals, the thresholds are lower. For example, dioxin and dioxin-like compounds have a threshold of 0.1 grams, and lead and lead compounds have a threshold of 100 pounds. For PBT chemicals, these lower reporting thresholds apply whether the chemical is manufactured, processed, or otherwise used.

Federal facilities are also required to comply with EPCRA and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) of 1990, in accordance with Executive Order 13148. That Executive Order requires all federal facilities that manufacture, process, or otherwise use any listed EPCRA Section 313 chemical above the reporting threshold to submit a TRI report.

The Virginia TRI program is the same as the federal requirements, and uses the same reporting forms. Additionally the Virginia TRI program does not assess a reporting fee.

TRI Report Submissions

The Toxics Release Inventory report is submitted annually by July 1, for the preceding calendar year. This annual report is made to both the U.S. EPA Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Reporting Center, and to the Virginia Emergency Response Council. Each chemical being reported requires its own individual Form R. (If a facility qualifies for and uses the simplified Form A, multiple chemicals may be reported on one form). For submissions to Virginia, per the TRI Electronic Reporting Rule effective January 1, 2014, facilities must use EPA's Automated TRI Reporting Software TRI-Made Easy (TRI-ME) to submit the information electronically on-line via CDX. Reports containing trade secrets or revisions to reports previously containing trade secrets must still be submitted to EPA and Virginia via hard copy at the below addresses. For more information on submitting TRI reports contact Ashby Scott at (804) 698-4467.

  

Voluntary revisions to a TRI Form can be submitted anytime, and need to be submitted to both EPA and the state via the TRI-ME web software for reporting years dating back to 1991. Please note that the last day for revision submittal for inclusion in the USEPA data release, is July 31. The last day of submittal to VERC for inclusion in the Virginia TRI report is December 15. These deadlines are for subsequent data and report compilation only and DO NOT release a facility's responsibility to submit a revised TRI report to USEPA or VERC upon discovery of errors, regardless of time lapsed.

Federal U.S. EPA Submittal -

Regular Mail:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Attention TRI Reporting Center
PO Box 10163
Fairfax, VA 22038

For hand/courier delivery or certified mail:
TRI Reporting Center
c/o CGI Federal Inc.
12601 Fair Lakes Circle
Fairfax, VA 22033

State Submittal -

Regular Mail:

Virginia Emergency Response Council
c/o Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
SARA Title III Program
PO Box 1105
Richmond, Virginia 23218

For hand/courier delivery or certified mail:
Virginia Emergency Response Council
c/o Department of Environmental Quality
SARA Title III Program
1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
Richmond, VA 23218

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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