Question # 799

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.

Additional Details

Question # 799 Source EPCRA Section 313 Questions & Answers 2019 Consolidation Document (PDF)(413 pp, 2.4 MB, April 2019)
ID 19-799 Status Current
Category 8. Electronic Reporting Subcategory 8.F. TRI-MEweb
Keyword(s) Data Quality, Facility
Prior Q&A [Archived] Question Number 144, Frequent Questions