Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)

What is the Toxics Release Inventory?

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is an EPA program that tracks the release and management of specific toxic chemicals that may be a threat to the population and environment. More specifically, chemicals that cause:

  • Cancer or other chronic human health effects
  • Significant adverse acute human health effects
  • Significant adverse environmental effects

In an effort to prevent and minimize accidental releases of hazardous substances, EPA developed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to support and promote emergency planning, and to provide the public with information about releases, storage, and transfers of toxic chemicals in their community. As a result, U.S. facilities in most industry sectors must report annually how much of each chemical is released to the environment and/or managed through recycling, energy recovery, and treatment. The report is submitted to both the EPA and the state.

Important Dates

July 1st -Annual Toxic Chemical Release Inventory Report due date

Who Must Report and What Must be Reported?

Any owner or operator of a facility employing 10 or more full-time employees that manufactures, processes, or otherwise uses one of the 650+ specified chemicals and chemical categories covered by the TRI program above the established level, must report the following data annually:

  • How much of each chemical is released into the environment
  • How much of each chemical is managed through recycling, energy recovery, and treatment

The following are TRI-Covered Industry Sectors subject to the TRI reporting program:

  • Manufacturing (NAICS Codes 31-33)
  • Mining (NAICS Code 212)
  • Electric Power Generation (NAICS Code 221)
  • Federal Facilities
  • Hazardous Waste Treatment (NAICS Code 562)
  • Merchant Wholesalers (NAICS Code 424)
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents Brokers (NAICS Code 425)
  • Publishing (NAICS Codes 511, 512, 519)

How Trinity Can Help

Trinity assists organizations with annual TRI reporting by:

  1. Conducting a chemical-by-chemical threshold determination to confirm reporting applicability
  2. Assembling the required information to develop media-by-media release, storage, treatment, and transfer estimates for each chemical considering the variables unique to each site/chemical combination
  3. Leveraging custom chemical release tracking and reporting tools consistent with the complexity of the site and the client's budget
  4. Auditing previous reports for accuracy and correcting them as needed
  5. Providing public and custom TRI training courses
  6. Completing EPA's eDisclosure process for reporting past violations
  7. Performing risk assessment modeling of the releases
  8. Assisting with implementing Pollution Prevention Practices
  9. Reviewing the liability from vendors that treat or recycle waste streams

Trinity has conducted chemical release estimates for thousands of facilities, some with complex processes involving complicated chemical reactions and dozens of waste streams. We utilize many resources to determine the most appropriate release estimation method for each chemical, including information developed by EPA, industry organizations, and equipment manufacturers. For TRI support, contact Trinity Consultants at (800) 229-6655.