EPCRA Reporting Violations Net Rhode Island Metal Producer $69K in EPA Fines
According to a US EPA press release, for multiple years, the company failed to file Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) or “Form R” reports for the copper and silver used in its products.
What Are TRI Reports?Companies that manufacture, import, process, or use certain toxic chemicals in excess of fixed thresholds are required by US EPA to report to US EPA. EPA’s “Toxic Release Inventory” covers more than 650 chemicals. The TRI reporting program has resulted in collection of chemical data from more than 53,000 US facilities since the program began in 1986.
Generally, the thresholds for TRI reporting are 25,000 lbs. for facilities that manufacture, process, or import the toxic chemical and 10,000 lbs. for facilities that “use” the chemical. For certain substances, called “chemicals of special concern” under EPCRA, the reporting thresholds are significantly lower.
Facilities that must submit the Form TRI report under EPCRA include:
- Businesses in SIC codes 10, 12, 20-39, 4911, 4931, 4939, 4953, 5169, 5171 and 7389;
- All Federal agencies (per Executive Order 13148, issued April 22, 2000); and
- Businesses with 10 or more full-time employees (or the equivalent hours worked). [40 CFR 372.22]
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