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EPA Proposes Additional Chemicals for Toxics Release Inventory

May 10th, 2010

EPA Proposes Additional Chemicals for Toxics Release InventoryThe EPA is proposing to add 16 chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals. Established as part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, TRI is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemicals, toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities.

EPA believes the following chemicals are reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens:

Chemical Name
CAS#
1-Amino-2,4-dibromoanthraquinone
81-49-2
2,2-bis(Bromomethyl)-1,3-propanediol
3296-90-0
Furan
110-00-9
Glycidol
556-52-5
Isoprene
78-79-5
Methyleugenol
93-15-2
o-Nitroanisole
91-23-6
Nitromethane
75-52-5
Phenolphthalein
77-09-8
Tetrafluoroethylene
116-14-3
Tetranitromethane
509-14-8
Vinyl Fluoride
75-02-5

Four of the chemicals being proposed are under the polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) category. The PACs category includes chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) and are likely to remain in the environment for a very long time. These chemicals are not readily destroyed and may build up or accumulate in body tissue. Additions to the PACs category include:

Chemical Name
CAS#
1,6-Dinitropyrene
42397-64-8
1,8-Dinitropyrene
42397-65-9
6-Nitrochrysene
7496-02-8
4-Nitropyrene
57835-92-4

The Agency’s proposal is part of its ongoing efforts to examine the scope of TRI chemical coverage and provide communities with more complete information on toxic chemical releases, and is the first TRI program chemical expansion in over a decade.

EPA is accepting public comments on the proposal until June 7, 2010.

For more information please review EPA Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–TRI–2010–0006 at www.regulations.gov or visit www.epa.gov/tri.

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2 Responses to “EPA Proposes Additional Chemicals for Toxics Release Inventory”

  1. John Says:

    It would be nice to know which industries or types of businesses are releasing these chemicals. In particular, which are located in highly populated communities. Auto body shops? Auto repair? Dry cleaners? Gas stations? Please translate this in to meaningful information for your average human.

  2. admin Says:

    There are an estimated 175 facilities that will need to report under the proposed rule, but the list is based on the number of facilities in the various industry sectors that manufacture, process, or use these chemicals. There is no “official” list of facilities or locations; however, EPA does provide the public with an economic analysis for the proposed rule at http://www.regulations.gov as part of the EPA Docket mentioned in the article above, #EPA–HQ–TRI–2010–0006-0140. Through this document the EPA provides the methods and information used to estimate the number of facilities that might report as part of this proposed rule.

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