News Brief

EPA Eases Requirements for Chemical Release Reporting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new rule in December 2006 that raises thresholds for industries reporting chemical releases to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), which provides data to the public on releases of toxic chemicals. Under the new rule, companies can use a simplified reporting form that includes only the names (not amounts) of chemicals treated as waste at their facilities if their chemical releases fall within certain ranges. The rule raises the amount of chemical that can be released before companies are required to use a more detailed reporting form. EPA also considered reducing the frequency of reports from every year to every other year but decided against the change. In May 2006, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to prohibit the change, but the Senate failed to take up the bill, allowing EPA to pass the rule before the 110th Congress took office.

Published February 1, 2007

Wendt, A. (2007, February 1). EPA Eases Requirements for Chemical Release Reporting. Retrieved from

Add new comment

To post a comment, you need to register for a BuildingGreen Basic membership (free) or login to your existing profile.