The important update pasted below was sent by the EPA to inform TRI filers that the Central Data Exchange (CDX) system will be shutting down for upgrades and maintenance starting at 6 a.m. on July 2. As you will not be able to submit your TRI information once the system goes offline, TRI facilities are being urged to submit their information early as it is a violation to submit or certify your forms late. Penalties can be significant. There are only 2 weeks to go before this shut-down occurs, so if you are in need of any TRI reporting assistance, please contact Colleen Walsh, CHMM, at CAPACCIO at 508-970-0033 ext. 129 or email@example.com.
A certifying official must have an approved Electronic Signature Agreement (ESA) form in place before certifying and submitting TRI forms. If a new certifying official will certify TRI reporting forms for your facility, EPA recommends that the certifying official register with CDX and complete an ESA at least a couple of weeks before the July 1 deadline.
Email sent by the US EPA:
- EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) (where you submit your TRI information) will be shut down for upgrades and maintenance starting 6:00am July 2. So please submit and certify your TRI information as soon as possible. DO not wait until the last week to fill out and submit your forms or call the help line. It is a violation to submit your forms late, and it is a violation to certify your forms late. Penalties can be significant. Call the Central Data Exchange (CDX) helpline (888-890-1995) to confirm your electronic data transfer went through and the forms have been properly certified.
Here is the website for general TRI-ME web information:
Specific guidance on TRI-ME web reporting process is here:
Additional guidance on TRI reporting can be found here:
- The process to electronically certify your forms is not straight forward. Please remember the electronic submission of your form must be finished by certification by your certifying official. If it has not been certified – the data you just submitted electronically does not enter the system. It may be a good idea to check your submission in eFDP
- or call the CDX hotline to confirm the certification has gone through and everything has been correctly received.
- Notification of no longer reporting – You can learn how to report that your facility is not reporting to TRI by viewing this tutorial. The TRI-MEweb application can now be used to report on your facility status with having to submit a Form R. All you need to have is a CDX user account and your access key to access your facility’s account.
A facility can provide this information in TRI-MEweb or by emailing the TRI Data Processing Center (firstname.lastname@example.org). In TRI-MEweb the user would click the “My Facilities” tab and then click the “Provide Additional Info” button in the last column for the facility that wants to indicate it is not reporting for a particular reason (e.g., <10 FTE, activity fell below reporting threshold, etc.). For emailing the Data Processing Center, we recommend the person provide the name of the facility, ID for the facility (TRIFID), and a brief rationale. We recommend facilities use the TRI-MEweb option, though either option works.
EPA contact for more information: Chris Rascher Environmental Engineer U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1, OES 05-1 Boston, MA 02109 (617) 918-1834.
Discharging to impaired waters can require a higher level of responsibility from the discharging site, and these responsibilities must be fulfilled to remain in compliance. Follow the flowchart below to see if impaired waters monitoring applies to you.
Before using this flowchart, confirm that your facility satisfies the following criteria:
- Prepared a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) per the 2015 MSGP.
- Submitted a Notice of Intent (NOI) and received word of acceptance from the EPA.
1Determine if your facility discharges to impaired waters using EPA’s ‘How’s My Waterway’ Tool http://watersgeo.epa.gov/mywaterway/
2 Existence of EPA Approved or Established TMDLs can be determined using the ‘How’s My Waterway’ tool.
3 In some cases, monitoring is required when TMDLs exist; however, EPA will notify dischargers of any monitoring requirements.
4 Determine if an EPA Approved analytical method exists by consulting EPA guidance at http://www3.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/assets/pdfs/MSGP2008Part624ParametersMA.pdf
CAPACCIO has also posted a You Tube video, which walks you through this process. The recording is posted at: https://youtu.be/uoD4tnJFMNs
For more information or assistance with your impaired waters monitoring, please contact Cristina Mendoza at 508) 970-0033 x128 or email@example.com.
Facilities that store chemicals above the threshold planning quantities are required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) to report those chemicals on a Tier II report to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). The report is due annually on March 1 and the deadline is fast approaching. CAPACCIO can assist your company in completing the entire report or we can simply conduct a peer review of work completed by your staff.
Guidance regarding the data required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Tier II reporting is located at this link:
The EPA software is available at this link:
Visit http://www.capaccio.com and see our blog posted on December 21 for more
in-depth information on Tier II reporting.
For assistance or peer review of your Tier II report, please contact Bill Potochniak, PE, Practice Area Leader for Healthcare and Education, at 508-970-0033 ext. 134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.