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Why do I need to do TRI reporting?

by Doug

Learn why your facility may need to conduct TRI Reporting.

The start of every year goes the same way. Recover from the holidays, settle back into a work groove, and start talking about hazardous materials reporting. First it's Tier II Reporting. Then, it's Toxic Release Inventory Reporting.

And, during those first few months of every year, we get folks calling and emailing us asking dozens and dozens of questions, one of the main one's being why do I need to conduct TRI Reporting?

Simply put, TRI Reporting is required at a wide variety of facilities of all shapes and sizes all over the United States. For those required to report, failing to do so, or doing it incompletely or incorrectly can carry very significant penalties. We understand the questions because from our opinion, this is one of the most confusing, oddly enforced environmental regulations out there.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance

How much does TRI Reporting cost when you hire an expert?

by Doug

We explain how much TRI Reporting costs when you hire an expert, versus the price of TRI Reporting on your own.

It's that time of year when we're all wrapped up with Tier II Reporting, and we're just starting to get people calling us asking about Toxic Release Inventory Reporting. Aside from the most frequent question what is TRI Reporting, a pretty common question we hear is:

How much does TRI Reporting cost? What's the price of TRI Reporting if I hire an expert?

Toxic Release Inventory Reporting is required at a wide variety of facilities in the U.S. who manufacture, process or otherwise use toxic chemicals. Due to increasing enforcement of the TRI regulations, many facilities formerly unaware that they are required to report are now facing it for the first time and are unsure how to proceed, or what it's going to cost them to get into compliance. Like hiring an expert to solve any problem, the price is going to reflect the scope and complexity of the task.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance

Is Tier II reporting the same as TRI reporting?

by Doug

We explain the differences between Tier II Reporting & TRI Reporting.

Tier II Community Right to Know Reporting is just about done, which means (at least for us here in the office) we're starting to turn our sights onto Toxic Release Inventory Reporting. However, we're still getting folks letting us know "we'll get Community Right to Know done for the July 1st deadline" or "we just finished submitting our toxic release inventory information."

Unfortunately, both of those statements (which are real and from people who aren't our clients, just good friends...) are both WRONG!

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance, Tier II Reporting

What NAICS Codes are subject to TRI Reporting?

by Doug

We discuss how various organizations can easily discover if their facilities should be conducting TRI Reporting based on their NAICS or SIC codes.

Many of our clients have come to rely on us for conducting their Toxic Release Inventory Reporting at their facilities. We've also been able to tell folks over the phone or an email that they're not an applicable industry and they don't need to worry about it.

We find that many organizations out there are confused, and sometimes incorrectly conducting TRI Reporting at facilities that don't even need to! It all depends on the NAICS or SIC codes your facility is classified under.

It's understandable, since a lot of folks still refer to NAICS codes as SIC codes, and when they look into TRI Reporting, they can't find the information they were hoping to locate. So let's go over what's necessary, and discuss the applicable industries for TRI Reporting.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance

How to know if you have hazardous materials in New Jersey

by Doug

We discuss some ways you might be able to determine whether or not you have hazardous materials at your site.

When it comes to hazardous materials reporting, many facilities in New Jersey (and across the country) constantly say they don't know if they have hazardous materials on-site. Conversely, many facilities say, at what point is a material not considered hazardous. For instance, I have one operation adamant about reporting a sand used in an industrial process as a hazardous material.

I can completely appreciate either mindset, as hazardous materials reporting can be downright confusing.

Now whether you're reporting to the NJDEP, the USEPA, or any other regulatory agency, getting this information correct is very important if you want to stay in compliance, out of trouble, and keep your staff safe at your facility.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance, Tier II Reporting

What is TRI Reporting? What is Toxic Release Inventory Reporting?

by Doug

Toxic Release Inventory Reporting is starting to heat up across the country. More facilites then ever are reaching out to learn what it is, if their facility should be reporting, and what kind of trouble they could be facing for not reporting.

Almost every conversation we have with facilities about Toxic Release Inventory Reporting begins the same way. First, they've never heard of it. Second, they think it doesn't apply to them. Last, they realize it does, they haven't done it, and get real nervous. It seems every year there are more and more people contacting us.

It all starts with someone calling and asking us what is TRI Reporting?

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance

Top 6 TRI Reporting Tips to conduct TRI Reporting Correctly!

by Chris

Follow these 6 tips to help you do TRI Reporting correctly.

Toxic Release Inventory Reporting is no joke. The EPA (and 3rd party environmental groups) are taking this increasingly seriously. Several industries, from big chemical producers to smaller concrete plants, are starting to really feel the heat.

As I'm writing this article, we've finished our round of TRI Reporting for our clients for this year. July 1st has come and gone, and everyone who should have reported, at this point, has either reported, or missed the boat. Despite the industry you're in, we've noticed some similarities in the process of conducting TRI Reporting for our clients.

The thing is, many of our clients come to us after they've realized they've been conducting reporting incorrectly (either through their own realization or an enforcement action) or they're feverous they're reporting incorrectly (since reporting wrong is just as bad as not reporting).

So, we usually take a few days after the deadline to reflect on the process and collect our thoughts. We figure out what worked, and what didn't, identify common problems our customers have had in the past, etc. Here's a review of some of the main things we've seen, heard, or had to deal with for TRI Reporting this year.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance

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