Question # 890

890. What has the TRI program done to reduce the TRI reporting burden?
Over the years, EPA has been mindful of the reporting burden that the TRI Program imposes on covered facilities and has sought to reduce that burden through modifications to the reporting forms. In 1994, EPA introduced an alternate reporting form, "Form A," to streamline reporting for smaller releases. In July 2005, a rule was finalized that revised the TRI reporting forms by eliminating unnecessary information, simplifying reporting codes, and no longer requiring facilities to submit locational data, which are already available from EPA's Facility Registry System (FRS). EPA also released TRI-MEweb, a web-based version of the TRI-ME reporting software. EPA will continue to examine ways to reduce the TRI reporting burden while maintaining the TRI Program's commitment to providing information on toxic chemical releases to the public.