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2011 Webinars

Welcome to the Most Popular Questions and Most Recent Topics from the U.S. EPA TRI Information Center webinar page!

ECOS, along with the U.S. EPA,held the TRI Webinar, Most Popular Questions and Most Recent Topics from the U.S. EPA TRI Information Center on May 10th from 1-2:30PM (EST). The TRI Information Center is greatly underutilized as many in the TRI community are unaware of the Information Center.  This webinar offers an opportunity to raise awareness of the Information Center, to explain the services and assistance it provides, and point attendees to additional TRI resources.

The U.S. EPA’s Information Center can assist callers in understanding the TRI regulations, guidance, and reporting requirements, as well as properly completing forms with TRI-ME and TRI-MEweb.  The Information Center does not provide regulatory interpretations. They do, however, maintain up-to-date information on the availability and distribution of publications and other resources pertaining to Information Center program areas.

TopWebinar Video

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TopTranscript

US EPA TRI Information Center 2011 Webinar Transcription

TopAgenda & Presentations
  • Overview and background of the TRI Information Center
  • FAQ database demonstration
  • Most Popular TRI Questions and Answers, including those related to:
    • Reporting requirements
    • Activity thresholds
    • TRI chemicals
    • Exemptions
  • Questions and Answers

Booze Allen Hamilton Presentation

TopSpeaker Bios

Bethany Barnhart

Ms. Bethany Barnhart joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2003 and provides environmental compliance and outreach support to EPA and other federal agencies. Ms. Barnhart has an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Policy Studies and Resource Management from Dickinson College. She serves as the TRI Technical Manager at EPA’s Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP & Oil Information Center, where she has developed expertise in the TRI regulations and reporting requirements, tracks regulatory developments, and communicates with EPA’s TRI Program for additional clarifications. Ms. Barnhart coordinates and presents TRI regulatory trainings and oversees the maintenance of the TRI Program’s searchable knowledge base containing frequently asked questions by ensuring the accuracy of existing questions and adding additional questions as necessary. In addition, Ms. Barnhart recently assisted with the development of recommendations to reduce redundancies and inefficiencies in the current information management procedures for collecting, processing, extracting, and disseminating TRI data. Ms. Barnhart also served as Project Manager for a TRI Data Quality Support project that involved the processing of withdrawal requests and applying regulatory knowledge to ensure the legitimacy of each request.

Martina Donati

Ms. Martina Donati joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2008 after receiving her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Elon University. Ms. Donati supports EPA’s Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP & Oil Information Center, where she responds to TRI inquiries received from the regulated community and federal, state, and local government officials. She serves as a TRI Subject Matter Expert, in which she has developed deep knowledge of TRI regulatory requirements, as well as the TRI-MEweb reporting application and the TRI Program’s suite of data dissemination tools (e.g., TRI.NET, TRI Explorer, myRTK.net). She composes frequently asked questions to clarify regulatory issues and develops and presents regulatory trainings. In addition, Ms. Donati recently assisted with the development of recommendations to reduce redundancies in the current information management procedures for collecting, processing, extracting, and disseminating TRI data.

Elsa Yoseph

Ms. Elsa Yoseph is a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton where she has been supporting EPA’s Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP & Oil Information Center for over two years. After receiving her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of New England, Ms. Yoseph initially acted as an environmental analyst conducting Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments. In her current position as Senior Information Specialist at the Information Center, she provides compliance assistance to the regulated community and government officials by ensuring comprehension of the TRI regulations through applicable guidance, reviewing facilities’ reporting obligations, and offering direction in proper form completion using the TRI-MEweb reporting application. She also composes frequently asked questions to clarify regulatory issues and maintains the online searchable database of TRI frequently asked questions.

TopLearning Objectives
  1. Familiarize the audience with the U.S. EPA Information Center;
  2. Explain the services and assistance the Information Center provides;
  3. Learn about the most common TRI questions and answers received by the Information Center; and
  4. Familiarize the audience with other TRI resources.

There are three primary audience groups to which the webinar is targeted: 1) Federal, Tribal and State governments; 2) Industry and consultants; and 3) Researchers, academicians, and members of the general public.

TopTRI Resources

U.S. EPA TRI Information Center
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/contacts/infocenter/
Toxics Release Inventory Program
http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
http://www.epa.gov/OEM/content/epcra/index.htm
Chemicals in Your Community
http://www.epa.gov/OEM/docs/chem/chem-in-comm.pdf
For these and many other resources, visit
www.chemicalright2know.org

TopWebinar Contacts

Jennifer Major, Ross & Associates (representing ECOS) at jennifer.major@ross-assoc.com

Christine Arcari, U.S. EPA at acari.christine@epa.gov