Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, including the Toxics Release Inventory
The Department of Defense (DoD) implements the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), including the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements pursuant to an Executive Order. Executive Order (E.O.) 13423, entitled "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management," requires each federal facility to continue implementing EPCRA, including TRI reporting, as clarified in the "Instructions for Implementing E.O. 13423." Annually, federal facilities that meet the applicability criteria submit TRI reports detailing the amounts of toxic chemicals released from the facility to the air, water, and land and the amounts transferred off-site for treatment, disposal, recycling, or energy recovery. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a publicly accessible toxic chemical database that contains specific toxic chemical release and transfer information from manufacturing and federal facilities throughout the United States. Citizens, businesses, and governments can use this database to determine which toxic chemicals are present in their communities, and prepare for any potential emergency releases.