Agency to begin research on unregulated facilities using TRI data

Objective to determine how EPA uses data

Posted March 17, 2016

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for EPA announced its plans to begin preliminary research on the identification of unregulated facilities using data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). OIG says the project is self-initiated.

The overall objective is to determine how EPA uses Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data to identify potentially unregulated facilities in its major media programs, according to OIG. Specific questions to be addressed during preliminary research are:

  • Have TRI facilities meeting Risk Management Plan (RMP) criteria filed these plans with the EPA for all chemicals?
  • Have TRI facilities identified as surface water dischargers received the required permits from the EPA or the delegated state?
  • Have RMP filers and surface water dischargers subject to TRI reporting filed TRI reports?

The OIG says it plans to conduct work at Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and selected EPA regions. Applicable generally accepted government auditing standards will be used in conducting the project.

According to OIG, the anticipated benefit of the project is enhanced environmental protection through more complete identification of the regulatory universe.


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