We kicked off this reporting season with our March reporting deadlines, which we covered in our Compliance Reporting webinar. As March is quickly approaching, you can still watch the uploaded webinar and review our slides to assist in your first round of reporting. It’s not over just yet – the July 1st TRI and P2 Annual Progress Report deadlines will be here before you know it. We will host a live lunchtime webinar on March 28th to provide essential information such as requirements to report, data gathering and the preparation and submittal of these reports so you can be prepared and start early! The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program requires regulated industries to report certain toxic chemicals that are released to the environment. The TRI reporting program is often referred to as Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) which was passed by Congress in 1986.
Let’s face it, during environmental reporting season, it seems like co-workers will intentionally walk halfway around your facility to avoid being sighted out your doorway. The co-workers that normally stop by your office every other day or go to lunch with you are all of the sudden M.I.A. The hint of Tier II, TRI, AEIR, or AWS talk sends them scrambling for the exits. Information gathering for environmental reporting is time consuming but it doesn’t have to be scary or tedious. Before you dive headfirst into your data gathering, consider assembling a team of veteran coworkers from the various departments within your facility. Some of the more valuable helpers we rely on are purchasers, maintenance managers, and line managers from each value stream. Purchasers have access to a wealth of knowledge such as quantities of chemicals purchased, typical or average inventory, and which departments are ordering which chemicals. Maintenance managers are typically