What is TRI Reporting and Why Does It Matter?

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a program established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to track the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), certain facilities that manufacture, process, or otherwise use regulated toxic chemicals in quantities above the threshold levels must report annually to the EPA and their state on how much of each chemical they release to the air, water, or land, as well as, how much they recycle, treat, or dispose of. If a facility meets the employee, industry sector, and chemical threshold criteria, it must report to the TRI Program.

TRI reporting is not only a legal obligation, but also a way to demonstrate your environmental stewardship and social responsibility. You can also use the TRI data to identify opportunities for improvement, benchmark your performance against your peers, and inform your stakeholders, customers, employees, and the public about your environmental performance and your efforts to reduce pollution.

What are the Challenges of TRI Reporting?

While TRI reporting can provide many benefits, it can also pose many challenges for facilities that are subject to the program. Some of the common difficulties include:

  • Determining applicability of TRI reporting to a facility;
  • Gathering and verifying the data from multiple sources and systems;
  • Calculating the releases and waste management quantities using the appropriate methods and conversion factors;
  • Completing and submitting the forms using the TRI-MEweb through EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX), the agencies electronic reporting site;
  • Ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the reports; and
  • Avoiding errors, omissions, and inconsistencies that can trigger audits, penalties, or public scrutiny.

TRI reporting can be a time-consuming, complex, and tedious process that requires specialized knowledge and skills. It can also divert your resources and attention from your core business activities and goals.

How Can ESE Partners Help You with Your TRI Reporting?

ESE Partners is an environmental consulting firm that specializes in helping facilities comply with the TRI program. We have a team of experienced and qualified professionals who can assist you with every aspect of your TRI reporting, from data collection and analysis to report preparation and submission. We can help you:

  • Determine your reporting obligations and applicability;
  • Identify and quantify your toxic chemical releases and waste management activities;
  • Prepare and review your TRI forms and supporting documentation;
  • Submit your reports electronically using the TRI-MEweb electronic reporting tool;
  • Respond to any inquiries or audits from the EPA or your state; and
  • Implement best practices and strategies to reduce your toxic chemical releases and improve your environmental performance.

By choosing ESE Partners for your TRI reporting, you can benefit from our:

  • Expertise and experience in the TRI program and environmental regulations
  • Quality and accuracy of our work and deliverables
  • Efficiency and timeliness of our service and communication
  • Affordability and flexibility of our pricing and contracts
  • Commitment and dedication to your satisfaction and success

Contact Us Today to Get Started

If you are looking for a reliable and trusted partner for your TRI reporting, look no further than ESE Partners. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to help you meet your compliance obligations and achieve your environmental goals. Contact us today to get a free quote and consultation on your TRI reporting needs. You can reach us by phone at (281) 501-6100, by email at info@esepartners.com, or by filling out our online contact form here. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you.