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6 Responses
  1. Charles Wurm permalink
    May 26, 2011

    I think this is a good idea. It will save time and money and make it easier to review chemical storage activities; track increases, decreases, etc. Please require the states to accept this type of reporting. Thanks, cw

  2. John Bilski permalink
    May 27, 2011

    Pennsylvania made a similar mistake. They sent out new rules for land application of materials by email. All of the amish and many of the menonite farmers were left in the dark since they do not use computers. I am not sure how their businesses would/could comply with an electronic reporting requirement.

  3. Robin Wood permalink
    May 31, 2011

    In general, I am not opposed to “requiring” electronic reporting. However, in some cases, there are computer malfunctions, power outages, and/or if a facilitiy is a first time submitter electronically, it requires more time to get responsible official passwords approved, etc., all that could result in the report being late.

    There should be provisions for submitting paper copies in the event one of the above has or is happening, without penalty.

    • Robin Wood permalink
      May 31, 2011

      Although it is difficult to think of some companies without having computers and/or internet access, I think this should be thoroughly investigated prior to making this requirement.

  4. Dorothea E. Graddy permalink
    June 30, 2011

    I currently use the TRI Me Web for my reporting requirements and it works well for my facility. I think it is a good idea to have electronic reporting available. However, I agree with the comment made on May 31, 2011 at 2:42pm that there should be provisions for submitting paper copies in the event there are computer malfuntions without penalty.

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