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2009 Webinars / TRI Web Based Tools: What’s New and Emerging

Welcome to the TRI Web Based Tools: What’s New and Emerging webinar page!

ECOS, along with the EPA, held a TRI Webinar on November 18th from 2-4PM (EST). The discussion focused on “TRI Web Based Tools: What’s New and Emerging”. This Webinar was attended by over 150 diverse TRI stake-holders including representatives of federal and state agencies, local government, research institutions, industry, and non-profit associations.

This Webinar was designed to discuss and demonstrate some of the improvements to the TRI Web-based tools: TRI Explorer, TRI.Net and Envirofacts. Additionally, the Webinar demonstrated one of U.S. EPA’s tools that is still under development called the Toxics Release Inventory – Chemical Hazard Information Profiles (TRI-CHIP). Lastly, a preview of the latest TRI tool in production – the TRI Mobile Application – was introduced.

TopWebinar Video

Note: This webinar is currently available only as a Windows Media file (177MB).


To access the transcript of this webinar please click the following link:  TRI Web Based Tools Webinar Transcript

TopAgenda & Presentations

Kara Koehrn – U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Information
Overview of Current and New TRI Tools, U.S. EPA’s Early Data Release, and New Options to Envirofacts Data

William P. Smith, Ph.D. – U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Information
TRI.Net and TRI Mobile Application for the iPhone

Morton Wakeland – U.S. EPA, Region 6 Dallas, TX
Uses, Successes, and Perspective on TRI.Net

Steve Witkin – U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Information
TRI Explorer – New Capabilities

Andy Opperman – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Experience and Thoughts on TRI Web-based Tools

John Scalera – U.S. EPA, Office of Environmental Information
Toxics Release Inventory – Chemical Hazard Information Profiles (TRI-CHIP)

TopSpeaker Bios

Kara Koehrn works in the US EPA’s Office of Environmental Information (OEI) in Washington DC. Before coming to EPA she studied biology with a focus in genetics and environmental science at Davidson College as an undergraduate. She then completed a Masters Degree in environmental health and toxicology at Duke University. At EPA, Kara is currently involved in the development of the 2008 National Data Release, which analyses and publicizes the latest Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data. She is also a member of the Border 2012 Task Force at EPA. This task force provides indicator and information support for Border 2012, a joint program between the US and Mexico to address environmental issues in the border region. Lastly, she is working as a co-lead in the development of a peer review document for an upcoming ICR review within the agency.

Will Smith works for US EPA’s Environmental Analysis Division and is the designer of Will holds B.S. Mathematics from California State University (San Luis Obispo, California), a M.S. in Mathematics and a M.S. Operations Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York) and a Ph.D. Statistics from American University (Washington, D.C.).

Dr. Morton E. Wakeland, Jr. (Mort) has worked for the US EPA’s Region 6, Dallas, Texas, for over 16 years.  For the past 14 years he has been the EPCRA 313 Enforcement & TRI Program Coordinator for EPA Region 6.  Prior to joining EPA, Mort spent 16 years as a petroleum geologist working throughout the United States major oil producing basins. He holds degrees in geology, oceanography, marine geology, and environmental science. He holds a B.S. from East Tennessee State University, a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, at Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, and a M.A. from Southern Methodist University.  He is also a Veteran of the Vietnam War having served as a combat infantry sergeant along the DMZ in Quang Tri, and further south in Phu Bai with the 101st Airborn Division.

Steve Witkin currently manages the TRI Explorer application out of the US EPA’s Environmental Analysis Branch within OIAA/OEI. His current focus is not just analysis of TRI data, but analysis of what data users are requesting from TRI Explorer.  Steve has been with EPA for 12 years, most of that time within OEI.  Prior to his Federal government career, he had a short stint with state government and over 15 years in private industry. His involvement with the TRI program began in 1987, while in industry, trying to understand what this new regulation meant and where it was heading. As a design engineer, he became intimately involve with the balancing of the regulatory requirements, both environmental and health and safety, corporate cost containment, and meeting customer expectations.

Andy Opperman is a Research Scientist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Office of Pollution Prevention and Right to Know. Andy’s primary responsibilities include oversight, implementation and technical assistance for the state’s Release and Pollution Prevention Report – a materials accounting approach to the use and fate of toxic and hazardous substances.  Andy has been the NJ state TRI contact since October 1988 (a few months after the first TRI Forms R were submitted).  In recent years, Andy has managed the development of the New Jersey TRI Central Data Exchange program which came online May 15, 2007 that has realized a substantial submission rate for the last three years.  One of Andy’s charges for many years, internally to DEP as well as externally, has been data quality.  To that extent, the following presentation will touch on some of the TRI tools Andy uses to assist in his work.

John Scalera started his federal career as a chemist with the National Institute for Standards and Technology back in 1977.  In 1987, John joined EPA Region III (in Annapolis) as part of the Quality Assurance Management Team.  In 1989 he moved to the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at EPA headquarters where he founded the National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program.  Currently he is with the Environmental Analysis Division of the Office of Environmental Information.  Besides overseeing the development of TRI-CHIP, he supports the development of chemical environmental fate assessments for the TRI Program and provides support for the Agency’s nanotechnology program.

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