EPA Considers Making Oil and Gas Industry Report Under Toxic Release InventorySource: EHS Journal | 22 April 2014
In January, 16 environmental advocacy and grassroots organizations filed a supplement to a petition with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to add the oil and gas extraction industry to the list of facilities required to report under the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). Historically, the oil and gas extraction industry was excluded from reporting under TRI. While this industry reports releases under other pollutant release and transfer programs in other countries, such as the Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory and the European Pollutant Release and Transport Register, it is uncertain whether the EPA will require this industry to report under TRI in the United States. As the EPA considers the petition, there are critical steps the oil and gas industry can take to ensure compliance in the event that the new rule is passed. Specifically, facilities could begin building systems to accurately calculate and track pollutant release and transfer data.