Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Chemicals Proposed for Toxic Release Inventory - TRI

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add 16 chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals. TRI is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities.

Four of the chemicals are being proposed for addition to TRI under the polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) category. The PACs category includes chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) and are likely to remain in the environment for a very long time. These chemicals are not readily destroyed and may build up or accumulate in body tissue.

The chemicals proposed for addition are:

  • 1-Amino-2,4-dibromoanthraquinone
  • 2,2-bis(Bromomethyl)-1,3-propanediol
  • Furan
  • Glycidol
  • Isoprene
  • Methyleugenol
  • o-Nitroanisole
  • Nitromethane
  • Phenolphthalein
  • Tetrafluoroethylene
  • Tetranitromethane
  • Vinyl Fluoride
  • 1,6-Dinitropyrene
  • 1,8-Dinitropyrene
  • 6-Nitrochrysene
  • 4-Nitropyrene

EPA is accepting public comments on the proposal for 60 days after it appears in the Federal Register.

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