EPA Promotes Greater Transparency on Chemicals used in Cleaners and Detergents

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a rule to add a category of thirteen specific nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). This addition ensures the most up-to-date information is easily accessible to the public.

The finalized rule, which received public comment, is effective for the 2019 TRI reporting year with the first reporting forms due July 1, 2020. Facilities that meet TRI reporting thresholds will begin collecting information on January 1, 2019.

A valuable tool for communities, industry, and government to track chemical releases across the country, the TRI enhances knowledge about chemicals in the environment through understandable, interactive online charts and maps. This transparent database of information promotes progress towards the overall goal of responsibly managing chemicals and reducing toxic releases.

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