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EPA Finalizes Rule for Electronic Reporting of TRI Data

08/27/13

Source: SOCMA, Federal Register
Related Topics: US Environmental Protection Agency

Today, EPA’s final rule for electronic reporting of TRI data was published in the Federal Register.  The rule goes into effect on January 21, 2014. 

First proposed in early March 2012, the rule:

  • “…requires facilities to report non-trade secret TRI forms to EPA using electronic software [TRI–MEweb] provided by the Agency.
    • EPA notes that “The only exception to this electronic reporting requirement is for the few facilities that submit trade secret TRI information, which will continue to submit their trade secret reporting forms and substantiation forms in hard copy.”
  • “…requires facilities to submit electronically via the Internet (i.e., not on paper forms or CD–ROMs) any revisions or withdrawals of previously submitted TRI reporting forms.”

Additionally,

  • “EPA will no longer accept submissions, revisions, or withdrawals of TRI reporting forms submitted for reporting years prior to reporting year 1991.”
    • “For trade secret submissions, EPA will still only accept revisions or withdrawals of previously submitted trade secret information on paper forms, though only for reporting years back to reporting year 1991.”  






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