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Expected Benefits of using TRI-MEweb

2011 May 19

TRI-MEweb includes a number of data entry and validation features that help facilities prepare and submit accurate TRI data more easily and efficiently.  In addition, facilities that have previously used TRI-MEweb can compare their most recent year’s data to the prior year’s data, which may help them identify potential data errors.  In addition, the submission of electronic TRI reports using TRI-MEweb helps EPA process and make the data available to the public soon after the July 1st reporting deadline, since the data have already undergone a number of data quality checks in TRI-MEweb and EPA does not have to enter the data manually into the TRI database.  EPA would be interested in hearing about facilities’ experiences in using TRI-MEweb – particularly any benefits they have experienced by using TRI-MEweb.

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3 Responses
  1. Dave Like permalink
    June 2, 2011

    The benefits of using Tri-MEweb are to the benefit of the EPA staff and to environmental activists. Overall, filling the Form R out in pen and online takes about the same amount of time for me. There may be a problem reading my hand writing though.

  2. Jessica permalink
    July 1, 2011

    I agree that the benefits maybe for EPA, but I definitely benefited from TRI-Meweb. Being a user of TRI-Meweb and having the opportunity to fill out the Form R/A via TRIME being pushed to my desktop, I honestly like the web base application. In a given reporting year, I may report over 20 chemicals with EPA along with two different state agencies reviewing my reports. Before TRI-MEweb, I was literally doing an arts and crafts project when it came to submitting the cover letters and files. Now, I only have to submit to EPA and the two state agencies are part of the State Data Exchange. Therefore, my local state agencies will receive the data shorrtly after my report is submitted and I do not have to go through the art project when submitting my reports. TRI-MEweb has definitely saved me time with the submittal process.

  3. July 1, 2011

    We strongly support EPA’s plans to require TRI facilities to submit TRI data electronically using TRI-MEweb. Electronic reporting improves the accuracy of data and eases public access to the information, leading to environmental and public health gains. Electronic reporting would also be easier for facilities, though we would encourage the agency to make improvements to the TRI-MEweb based on the complaints of users that it is not intuitive and there are difficulties getting new validating officials approved. Additionally, electronic reporting system will reduce the processing burden on EPA and allow the agency to more quickly release the TRI data. Electronic reporting has been shown to substantially reduce administrative costs and burdens. EPA already moved to electronic reporting for new chemical notices under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) on April 6, 2011. The more rapid processing of data could lead to faster identification and analysis of the potential environmental and health risks associated with toxic chemicals.

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