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  • July 1, 2024
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Two PFAS Join the TRI Reporting Club: What You Should Know

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Each year companies face a July 1st deadline to report on the use, storage, and release of chemicals regulated under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).  

EPCRA was passed in 1986, and it is designed to protect communities from the release of hazardous and toxic chemicals while also improving chemical safety by enhancing the public’s understanding of toxins in the environment.  

Addition via CERCLA  

Just a few months ago, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) were designated as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). PFOA and PFOS are forms of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (89 FR 39124). 

As a result, these two PFAS have the status to subject them to Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting under EPCRA Section 313.  However, CERCLA isn’t the original mechanism that allowed PFAS to join the TRI reporting club. Companies were obligated to report on PFAS even before they were officially called hazardous substances.  


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