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Re: TRI Chemicals


In another attempt to read your mind -- perhaps you were thinking about the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts that recently organized its TURA list
(comprised of SARA and CERCLA chemicals) into three categories based on
environmental, public health, and worker saftey issues.  Contact Karen
Thomas at TUR( (978-934-3275) for more details.



(just kidding)

At 09:16 AM 1/8/99 -0700, you wrote:
>I seem to remember seeing a proposed ranking of
>the TRI chemicals, based on toxicity and other
>factors, into three groups or Tiers. How can I
>find a copy of this? 
>You appear to be asking about the proposed EPA
>rulemaking on Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic
>Chemicals.  Refer to:[Federal Register: January 5,
>1999 (Volume 64, Number 2)] [Proposed Rules]     
>[Page 687-729] From the Federal Register Online
>via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
>I have included an EPA Fact Sheet in this
>Bill Quinn 
>Pollution Prevention
>Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemicals
>This proposed rule is intended to lower the
>reporting thresholds under section 313 of the
>Emergency Planning and Community
>Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), also know
>as the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), for
>persistent bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals
>and to add certain other PBT chemicals to the
>section 313 list of toxic chemicals. These PBT
>chemicals are of particular concern not only
>because they are toxic but also because they
>remain in the environment for long periods of time,
>are not readily destroyed and build up or
>accumulate in body tissue. Relatively small
>releases of PBT chemicals can pose human and
>environmental health threats and consequently
>these chemicals warrant recognition by
>communities as potential health threats and as
>such need to be captured by the TRI
>Right-to-Know Program. The proposed rule
>includes several actions necessary to insure that
>additional information on PBT chemicals is
>reported under section 313 including a proposal
>for lowered reporting thresholds for PBT
>chemicals and special reporting threshold for
>dioxin. The rule also includes proposed
>modifications to certain reporting exemptions and
>requirements for those chemicals that would be
>subject to the lower reporting thresholds.
>For a number of years EPA has been considering
>whether modifications to section 313 reporting
>requirements should be made in order to capture
>additional reporting concerning chemicals that
>persist and bioaccumulate. In the 1994 EPCRA
>section 313 chemical expansion proposed rule
>EPA specifically requested comment on what
>modifications to section 313 would be required to
>insure that releases and other waste
>management information for such chemicals
>would be collected.  In addition, on August 28,
>1996, EPA received a petition from Communities
>for a Better Environment to add dioxin and
>dioxin-like compounds to the list of chemicals
>subject to the reporting requirements of EPCRA
>section 313 and to lower the reporting thresholds
>for PBT chemicals in general.
>At the current EPCRA section 313 reporting
>thresholds facilities that manufacture, process
>and/or use PBT chemicals are not reporting many
>of the releases and other waste management
>associated with these chemicals. The existing
>thresholds of 25,000 and 10,000 pounds are
>inadequate to insure that the public has access to
>information about the quantities of these PBT
>chemicals which enter their communities from
>local industrial facilities.  By lowering the existing
>thresholds to 10 and 100 pounds respectively,
>EPA believes the public will have access to basic
>environmental data about these chemicals.
>Contact: 	Maria Doa/ Environmental Assistance
>Division (260-9592)
>		Dan Bushman / Environmental
>Assistance Division (260-3882)
Tim Greiner
Greiner Environmental
47R Englewood Road
Gloucester, MA   01930
P: 978-525-2214
F: 978-525-2247