EPA Drops Plan to Ease Pollution Rules

Date: November 30, 2006

Source: News Room

The Environmental Protection Agency has abandoned the idea of relieving the burden on companies required to file toxic release inventory (TRI) reports by reducing the requirement to every other year instead of annually. It is going ahead, however, with a plan to allow many of those who do so now to escape any further TRI reporting requirement. In 2007 the administration plans to raise the threshold reporting requirement from 500 pounds of released toxic chemicals to 5,000 pounds of released toxic chemicals. The higher threshold would free as many as one-third of the 23,000 currently operating facilities from the reporting requirements. The required reported toxic chemicals include mercury, DDT, PCBs and others.

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