Mar 31, 2008

TRI Internet Reporting Now Available for All Facilities

EPA continues to speed release of Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) information to the public and to enhance data quality. For the first time since TRI's inception, all facilities that are required to submit data to TRI will be able to do so over the Internet, using the award-winning TRI-ME software. Companies will no longer have to mail reports on compact disks or paper to EPA, both of which consume more natural resources and slow release of information to the public. The Internet system also has quality checks built into the software, which will improve data quality.

This year, companies are required to submit calendar year 2007 data to TRI by July 1, 2008. Facilities will be able to use the Internet to send information directly to EPA through our Central Data Exchange. The TRI-ME software was launched for 2001 TRI reports, and moved exclusively to compact discs for 2005 reports. For 2006 reports, in addition to the compact disc, an on-line version was also offered only in states participating in the TRI State Data Exchange.

Delivering information to the public more quickly and improving data quality are two important goals being addressed in EPA's Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information. The Dialogue is designed to obtain input on how EPA might enhance access to its environmental information. EPA will use the information as it develops a strategy for improving access to EPA information.

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