On April 29, 2021, the EPA announced it will be expanding Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements to include additional chemicals and facilities and provide more tools for communities to increase access to environmental information.
“Every person in the United States has a right to know about what chemicals are released into their communities,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan in an Agency press release. “By requiring new and more data on chemical releases from facilities, EPA and its partners will be better equipped to protect the health of every individual, including people of color and low-income communities that are often located near these facilities but have been left out of the conversation for too long.”
TRI reporting is required under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
Expanded TRI Reporting Requirements
The EPA is adding TRI reporting requirements for ethylene oxide (EtO) to include certain contract sterilization facilities that use EtO to sterilize medical equipment but are not currently required to report this information.
“Many of these contract sterilization facilities are located near areas with Environmental Justice (EJ) concerns,” according to the EPA press release. “Workers in facilities that use EtO and communities – including historically underserved communities – living adjacent to these facilities are at the highest risks from exposure to EtO. Making more information available about releases of EtO will assist the agency in identifying and responding to any human health and environmental threats they cause.”
EHS Daily Advisor, 11 May 2021