EPA Working on Proposed Rule To Add, Expand Reporting Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun work on a proposed rule that would add or expand Toxics Release Inventory reporting requirements to six sectors, according to a regulatory update posted online June 24.

EPA's updated Action Initiation List, which describes regulatory actions upon which it has started to work, includes a notice of proposed rulemaking that would add or expand the TRI reporting requirements. The sectors are iron ore mining, phosphate mining, municipal waste incineration, industrial dry cleaning, petroleum bulk storage, and “steam-only” production from fossil fuels.

The proposed rule will take more than a year to develop, EPA said in the Action Initiation List. The TRI was established under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Two of the sectors, municipal waste incineration and petroleum bulk storage, are partially covered under TRI, an agency spokeswoman told BNA. Partially covered means some facilities in the sector already must file certain TRI reports, she said.

For example, incinerators that are regulated under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act must file TRI reports, the spokeswoman said. Subtitle C covers hazardous waste.

The agency is considering expanding the requirement to other municipal waste incinerators, she said.

Iron ore mining, phosphate mining, industrial dry cleaning, and steam-only production from fossil fuels are not currently subject to TRI, she said.

By Pat Rizzuto

The updated EPA Action Initiation List is available at http://www.epa.gov/lawsregs/regulations/ail.html#section313 .