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United States Adds PFAS Chemicals to Toxics Release Inventory

The United States has proposed a new rule requiring the addition of certain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) starting from the reporting year 2023. The update refers to nine PFAS chemicals that must be reported under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). The EPA states that this change is mandated by Congress and does not require notice and comment rulemaking.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) is a federal law enacted in 1986 to enhance public knowledge and access to information about chemical hazards present in their communities. It requires facilities to report on the storage, use, and release of hazardous substances to state and local governments. The act aims to facilitate emergency planning and response efforts and promote community involvement in environmental decision-making.

The Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) is another federal law enacted in 1990 to prevent pollution at its source rather than managing it after it has been created. The PPA emphasizes the reduction and elimination of pollution through the adoption of cleaner technologies, processes, and practices. It encourages industries to find innovative ways to minimize waste generation and promote sustainable practices to protect human health and the environment.


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