In a final rule published in The Federal Register on August 27, the EPA is requiring that facilities 
who report their chemical releases through the Toxics Release Inventory will be required to file 
electronically.  The rule, which will be effective on January 21, 2014, will make it easier for 
facilities who are required to report releases and transfers of toxic chemicals at industrial 
facilities to accurately and quickly create those reports and decrease the EPA’s cost to process 
the forms.  Manufacturing, metal mining, coal mining, electric utilities and commercial hazardous 
waste treatment facilities are among the 26 industries that must report under the TRI Program.  
The EPA rule exempts companies that file trade secret related TRI reports from the new 
electronic filing requirement.