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Reporting Requirements8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19028 19-028 28 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Reporting Requirements 28. I am a new preparer/certifying official. How do I start using TRI-MEweb?TRI-MEweb is EPA’s only tool for industry to submit EPCRA Section 313 reports. You will need to create a CDX user account to get started with your TRI reporting. You may use the two guides below to 1) get step-by-step instructions on how to create your new user account in CDX, 2) learn how to add TRI-MEweb to your MyCDX account, and 3) learn how to use your access key to load your facility data into TRI-MEweb to start preparing your TRI forms. The second guide provides instructions for newly-designated certifying officials on how to get their Electronic Signature Agreement (ESA) approved and the TRIFID Signature Agreement electronically signed in TRI-MEweb, so that a new certifying official can certify pending forms transmitted by the preparer. To meet your TRI reporting requirement, all forms must be certified before July 1. Preparer -- Person who prepares, but is not authorized to certify, TRI forms for submission. Certifying Official -- Person with management responsibility for the person(s) preparing TRI forms, or the manager of environmental programs for the facility or corporation that is responsible for certifying prepared forms in TRI-MEweb. The certifying official may also prepare TRI forms. On-line tutorials are available and are designed to demonstrate how different tasks are performed within the TRI-MEweb application reporting tool. To watch a tutorial, visit the TRI-MEweb tutorial web page: https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-meweb-mini-tutorials.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility; Form R; Waste8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19686 19-686 686 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility; Form R; Waste 686. If a TRI-covered facility transfers waste containing an EPCRA section 313 chemical to an off-site facility that does not have a RCRA identification number (e.g., the facility does not accept hazardous waste or it is in a foreign country), the facility completing the Form R can enter NA in the box for the off-site location RCRA ID number. In TRI-MEweb, how does a facility select a transfer location without a RCRA ID number?TRI-MEweb has a search feature to standardize entry of off-site location information. Users may first search for the off-site transfer location using the city, county, state, or zip code for the facility. Alternatively, you may manually enter the information of the off-site transfer location.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility; Form A; Form R8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19737 19-737 737 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility; Form A; Form R 737. What is TRI-MEweb?The Electronic Reporting Rule requires facilities to submit, revise, and withdraw non-trade secret TRI forms electronically via TRI-MEweb, a web-based reporting application for electronic filing of TRI Form R and Form A Certification Statement reports. The TRI-MEweb application is hosted in EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX) system. Users must access, create, and load facility accounts in TRI-MEweb to begin reporting. TRI reporting requires two user roles to be created in CDX: a preparer role and a certifying official role. Preparers and certifying officials must register for the application at: https://cdx.epa.gov/. To learn more about TRI-MEweb, please visit https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Reporting Requirements8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19739 19-739 739 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Reporting Requirements 739. Where can I learn more about TRI-MEweb?The TRI Program has developed a series of TRI-MEweb resources, including online tutorials to assist facilities with using the TRI application, as well as two helpdesks. The TRI-MEweb online tutorials can be found on TRI’s website at https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-meweb-mini-tutorials. TRI-MEweb also has links to tutorials, as well as a user guide and link to the CDX Helpdesk Chat. TRI has hotlines to provide CDX/TRI-MEweb technical support and reporting guidance to reporting facilities: TRI Information Center Hotline [(800) 424-9346 - select option 3] and CDX Help Desk (888) 890-1995. </div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19743 19-743 743 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility 743. How do I access my facility's reporting history in TRI-MEweb with the facility's access key?In TRI-MEweb, there are different steps required to access the history, depending on your knowledge of your facility’s reporting history: 1) You know that your facility reported in prior years: Enter the TRIFID and access key to load the facility account. 2) You know that your facility did not report in prior years: Enter the facility’s location information and select your facility among those that match the search criteria. Save this information using the access key or technical contact information. 3) You do not know if your facility reported in previous years: Enter the facility’s location information and select your facility among those that match the search criteria. Save this information using the access key or technical contact information. Additional information is available in a series of TRI-MEweb tutorials available on the TRI website at https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-meweb-mini-tutorials.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility; TRI Facility Identification Number8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19744 19-744 744 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility; TRI Facility Identification Number (TRIFID) 744. I need to load my facility account in TRI-MEweb. Where can I find the access key assigned to my facility ID?Some facilities may need to obtain their assigned six or seven-digit "access key" that will uniquely identify the facility’s reporting history record and load it into TRI-MEweb. Access keys are generated for each TRI facility identification designator (TRIFID). Access keys do not change from year to year. TRI-MEweb provides chemical release data that has been reported to EPA back to Reporting Year 1991 in each facility account. If another user at your facility has already loaded the facility into their TRI-MEweb account, they may provide you with the facility access key, which is visible from the “Manage Facilities” page. You can have the access key emailed to you via the TRI-MEweb application after entering and verifying the TRIFID. You can also obtain your facility access key by calling the CDX Helpdesk at 888-890-1995 or emailing the Helpdesk at helpdesk@epacdx.net The following people may need to request an access key: a) New preparers that have created a new CDX account and will transmit TRI forms for a facility that has reported TRI chemical releases to EPA in the past. b) Preparers that want to add an unlisted facility to their TRI-MEweb account. c) Preparers that have accidentally deleted facility profiles from their TRI-MEweb account. d) If a facility has not previously reported to the TRI Program, a TRIFID and access key will be automatically generated within the TRI-MEweb application. Note: If your facility has changed ownership during the past calendar year, the TRIFID remains the same because this identification number is assigned to the physical location and not to a specific company or proprietor. If the TRIFID remains the same, the access key does not change.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19745 19-745 745 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility 745. How do I access my facility's forms in TRI-MEweb without the facility's access key?Access keys are sent via email from CDX at the beginning of the year to the prior year’s certifying officials and technical contacts of reporting facilities. TRI filers may also request their access keys be e-mailed to their CDX-registered e-mail within the TRI-MEweb application. If you do not have the facility's access key, TRI-MEweb offers filers another way to add a facility if you have information about that facility from the prior year’s reporting, including your facility's TRI facility identification number (TRIFID), technical contact name from the previous year's report, and technical contact phone number. TRI-MEweb will indicate that it has granted you access to the facility, and you may prepare the submission for that facility. TRI-MEweb will also display the list of individuals that have been granted access to that facility. </div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility; Signature; States; Tribes8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19748 19-748 748 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility; Signature; States (Tribes); Tribes 748. Facilities that use TRI-MEweb, submit their TRI forms through the Internet via the Central Data Exchange (CDX), and are located in a state participating in the TRI Data Exchange (TDX) will have their TRI forms sent simultaneously to EPA and their state officials via the Environmental Information Exchange Network. Which states are currently participating in the TRI Data Exchange?TRI-MEweb will inform users whether their state or tribe is participating in the TRI Data Exchange or whether they must submit their forms to their state separately (e.g., diskette, paper submission). However, TRI-MEweb will not inform that user of the preferred method of submissions for filers in states that do not participate in TRI Data Exchange. A filer will need to contact their state directly (https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-state-contacts) to determine the preferred method of submission for states or tribes that do not participate in TRI Data Exchange. A filer may check to see if their state or tribe is in the TRI Data Exchange by going to https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-data-exchange. If additional states or tribes join the TRI Data Exchange, TRI-MEweb will be updated accordingly, and facilities located in those states will also have their forms submitted automatically to their state officials via the Internet Note that for submissions, revisions, and withdrawals for Reporting Year 1991 through Reporting Year 2004, all facilities, including those residing in states participating in the TDX, must report to their states separately in the required format specified by the state (e.g., diskette, paper). TRI-MEweb will not electronically transmit forms for these reporting years to state officials.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility; Form A; Form R; Recordkeeping8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19749 19-749 749 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility; Form A; Form R; Recordkeeping 749. Will facilities be able to print paper copies of reports using TRI-MEweb?The Electronic Reporting Rule, effective January 21, 2014, requires facilities to submit, revise, and withdraw non-trade secret TRI forms electronically via TRI-MEweb application. Facilities cannot use TRI-MEweb to print federal paper submissions to submit to EPA. However, TRI-MEweb does allow facilities to print a copy of the submitted TRI form for recordkeeping purposes (this form is clearly marked as not allowed to be filed manually to EPA). Facilities may print a copy of a Form R or Form A Certification Statement for recordkeeping purposes via the “Submission History” tab. The “Submission Summary” page will display only the forms which have been certified and submitted to EPA. Select “View Reports” to access your Copy of Record of your Form R or Form A Certification Statement. </div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility; Form A; Form R8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19750 19-750 750 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility; Form A; Form R 750. Are there any TRI-MEweb tutorials available?The TRI-MEweb tutorials are designed to demonstrate how different tasks are performed within the Web-based application reporting tool. These tutorials are designed for new users, as well as experienced users. These tutorials are available to watch within TRI-MEweb.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility; Form A; Form R8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19755 19-755 755 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility; Form A; Form R 755. Can I use the TRI-MEweb application if I have my own TRI software?Some facilities have their own software or use private software to assist in collecting chemical release data. This "third party software" is often designed to produce output data files that match EPA's electronic data structure specifications. Facilities may upload their data files in extensible markup language (XML) format via the Upload Tool in TRI-MEweb. The facility’s information can also be updated in TRI-MEweb using the Upload Tool. All data uploaded must be checked for errors and certified. For more information, please view the “Using the Upload/Download Data Tool” tutorial, which can be found on TRI’s website: https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-meweb-mini-tutorials. </div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility; Form A; Form R8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19772 19-772 772 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility; Form A; Form R 772. How do I import data from the previous year into my current year TRI forms? Is this function done automatically?TRI-MEweb allows users to import data from the previous year into their current reporting year forms in TRI-MEweb. However, this function is not automatically performed by the application. When creating a new form, a preparer can select the “Import Data” option to pre-populate the prior year's reported data into the current year forms. The preparer must select the individual chemical name(s) to import and report to EPA for the current year form. Note that there are some limitations to the data that will be imported from the prior reporting year. Any “Not Applicable” checkboxes will not be checked on any section of the form. Section 8.8 of the Form R (catastrophic quantities) and the Schedule 1 (dioxin and dioxin-like compounds) will not be imported. Data pertaining to numeric basis estimates or rounding values will also not be imported. </div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility; Form A; Form R8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19773 19-773 773 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility; Form A; Form R 773. How can I update information about my facility (e.g., new facility name or new technical contact) for TRI purposes?Facility information, including name and contact information, must reflect the facility on December 31st of that reporting year. If information for the facility has changed, the preparer will need to update the information in TRI-MEweb. Navigate to the “Facilities Management” page in TRI-MEweb to choose the “Not Reporting” option for the facility and update the facility’s information. Preparers can also edit facility names while preparing a Form R or Form A Certification Statement, in the “Edit Facility” page. Alternatively, facilities may submit an e-mail to the TRI Data Processing Center. The e-mail should include: the facility name; TRI facility identification number (TRIFID); facility address; technical contact name and telephone number; and, the reason for the change (if necessary). Contact information for the TRI DPC is available at the following website: https://www.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/forms/tri-program-contacts.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Data Quality; Facility8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19799 19-799 799 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Data Quality; Facility 799. When validating TRI chemical forms in TRI-MEweb, users might receive critical errors, possible errors, or data quality alerts (DQAs). What are the differences among critical errors, possible errors, and DQAs?Critical errors, possible errors, and DQAs are all intended to show any errors that may exist on TRI forms. Preparers should carefully review all errors and DQAs prior to submitting any forms to EPA. Critical errors show information on a current year form that is incorrect or incomplete. Users must correct any forms that have a validation status of "Failed with Critical Errors" before they are allowed to submit the forms to EPA and their state. Possible errors are intended to highlight a potential problem on a current year form. Users should review and correct possible errors, if applicable. If users review the errors and determine that they are not applicable, they may proceed to submit the form. Users may submit forms to EPA with a possible error. DQAs inform facilities of possible reporting issues. DQAs are offered to assist facilities in ensuring accurate and consistent reporting by comparing the data that facilities report on current year forms to data they have reported on prior year forms. Users should review their chemical quantity data to ensure accuracy, but as with possible errors, users may submit forms to EPA with a data quality alert. A Validation report in PDF format is available to Certifying Officials under the Pending Submission page to verify whether to proceed to submit the form to EPA. For Reporting Year 2005 through the present reporting year, after any TRI form has been properly certified and data has been processed by EPA, an electronic Facility Data Profile (eFDP) report is generated in TRI-MEweb. The eFDP will provide a complete assessment of the form in the chemical error summary section. Please note that validation (i.e., critical errors, possible errors, and data quality alerts) will not be triggered in TRI-MEweb for Reporting Years 1991 - 2004, as forms prepared for those older years do not undergo the validation process in TRI-MEweb. </div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Facility8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19803 19-803 803 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Facility 803. How do I use TRI-MEweb to view my electronic receipt?Preparers and certifying officials who submitted non-trade secret TRI forms can view their e-receipts by navigating to the “Submission History” tab in the TRI-MEweb application. In “Submission History,” users can view the chemical forms that were included in each submission and choose “Form Receipt” to view a specific e-receipt.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
Form R; Recordkeeping8. Electronic Reporting >
8.F. TRI-MEweb
<div style="visibility:hidden">19823 19-823 823 2019 Questions and Answers Consolidation8. Electronic Reporting 8.F. TRI-MEweb Form R; Recordkeeping 823. How do I check the status of my Form R submissions in TRI-MEweb? How do I perform other activities, such as canceling a submission not yet certified or printing forms for recordkeeping, for previously submitted forms in TRI-MEweb?To verify the status of a submission in TRI-MEweb, navigate to the "Submission History" tab. The “Submission Summary” page will display only the forms which have been certified and submitted to EPA. Select “View Reports” to access your Copy of Record of your Form R or Form A Certification Statement.</div></b><div style="visibility:hidden"></div></b>-
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