EPA administrator Stephen Johnson has announced that the administration is dropping its plan to excuse companies from annual reporting of their toxic chemical releases. At face value this is a step in the right direction. However, the EPA is still planning a drastic rollback to the inventory requirements of the TRI to ease the regulatory burden on polluting companies.
The current plan is to increase the threshold for reporting ten-fold move which will free one-third of the 23,000 facilities from any reporting requirements whatsoever. These industries include mining, utility, oil, rubber, plastics, printing, textile, leather tanning and semiconductor operations.