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The EPA on Monday, Aug. 26, 2009, released two minor Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) proposals. On Tuesday, the agency released another. In a Federal Register notice, the agency announced it will use a new a contractor for all handling TRI submissions, including TRI Trade Secret and confidential information submitted.
The notice provides the public an opportunity to comment on this action, but comments must be limited to the change of contractor handling trade secret and confidential information submitted to TRI under Emergency Planning and Community Right-to- Know reporting requirements.
Under Section 322 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, facilities submitting TRI reports may be eligible to claim a "Trade Secret" for the specific chemical identity of a toxic chemical being reported. Information entitled to trade secret or confidential treatment may not be disclosed by the agency to the agency's authorized representative until each affected submitter has been furnished notice of the contemplated disclosure by the EPA program office and has been afforded opportunity to submit its comments.
Comments should be submitted by Aug. 31, 2009.