TRI reportable chemicals
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
This final rule is effective November 30, 2010, and shall apply for the reporting year beginning January 1, 2011 (reports due July 1, 2012).
On November 26, 2010, EPA finalized a rule to provide communities with additional information about toxic chemicals being released to the environment. The rule, which will be effective on November 30, 2010, adds 16 chemicals to the TRI list of reportable chemicals. This action is part of EPA's ongoing efforts to examine the scope of TRI chemical coverage and provide more complete information on toxic chemical releases, and it is the first TRI program chemical expansion in over a decade.
Each chemical that EPA is adding has been classified as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in their Report on Carcinogens (RoC) document. EPA has concluded, based on a review of available studies, that these 16 chemicals could cause cancer in humans and therefore meet the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) statutory listing criteria.
Four of the chemicals are being added to TRI under the polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) category. The PACs category is of special concern because PACs are persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) chemicals and as such, they are likely to remain in the environment for a very long time, are not readily destroyed, and may build up or accumulate in the bodies of humans or animals.
Addition of National Toxicology Program Carcinogens; Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting: