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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AK16 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Toxics Release Inventory (TRI); Addition of Natural Gas Processing Facilities 
Abstract: On October 22, 2015, EPA issued a response to a petition by the Environmental Integrity Project and 18 other organizations to add the Oil and Gas Extraction sector to the scope of industries subject to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements. EPA granted the petition in part, committing to commence the rulemaking process to propose adding natural gas processing facilities to the TRI. The addition of natural gas processing facilities to TRI would meaningfully increase the information available to the public and further the purposes of section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. EPA estimates that more than half of the 517 natural gas processing plants in the U.S. would meet the TRI employee threshold (10 full-time employees or equivalent) and manufacture, process, or otherwise use (threshold activities) at least one TRI-listed chemical in excess of applicable threshold quantities. Natural gas processing facilities in the U.S. manufacture, process, or otherwise use more than 25 different TRI-listed chemicals, including hydrogen sulfide, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene. Based upon information submitted to Canada's National Pollution Release Inventory and the U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2012 survey of natural gas processors, EPA expects that TRI reporting by U.S. natural gas processing facilities would provide significant release and waste management data. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 372   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 11023 Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2017 
Final Rule  08/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Undetermined  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 211112 Natural Gas Liquid Extraction 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
David Turk
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7406M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1527