EPA Gets TRI Data Out Quickly This Year

August 4, 2010

EPA released the data for the calendar year 2009 Toxics Release Inventory on July 28, 2010. The lag — just a month after the July 1 deadline for emitters to report the data — was far shorter than in most previous years, enabling reporters to cover issues using data that likely is still in effect.

However, the early release includes only about 80% of the total expected submissions. Updates should be available in August and September, and the agency will release its analysis later in 2010. Only at that time will it be possible to look at category totals, trends, and other aspects that require 100% of the data. Meanwhile, you can report immediately on many local emitters, including evaluations of their totals and trends.

The Right-to-Know Network anticipates it will soon be publishing its user-friendly version of the 2009 data, possibly in stages as EPA progresses from 80% to 100% data collection. Check with Brian Turnbaugh, 202-683-4840, for more information on RTKNet's timing.