EPA updates list of NAICS codes for TRI reporting

Facilities must use 2017 NAICS codes for forms due July 1, 2018

Posted August 18, 2017

In an August 17 direct final rule, EPA updated the list of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes that are subject to reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to be in line with the Office of Management and Budget’s 2017 NAICS code revision.

Facilities must now use 2017 NAICS codes when reporting to TRI beginning with TRI reporting forms that are due July 1, 2018, covering releases and other waste management quantities for the 2017 calendar year.

In addition, EPA modified the list of exceptions and limitations associated with NAICS codes for TRI reporting by deleting the descriptive text in the regulations.

Affected facilities are those that manufacture, process, or otherwise use toxic chemicals listed on the TRI and that are required under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) or section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act to report annually to EPA their environmental releases or other waste management quantities of covered chemicals. A complete listing of all TRI covered facilities can be found in the regulations at 40 CFR 372.23.

At the same time, the Agency published a proposed rule with the same NAICS codes amendments. The direct final rule will take effect on November 15, 2017, unless EPA receives negative comments. In that case, EPA will withdraw the direct final rule and leave the proposed rule in place. The comment period for the proposed rule closes on September 18, 2017.

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