Through a cooperative agreement with the United States Environmental Protection (U.S. EPA), the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) has developed the ChemicalRight2Know.org collaborative forum. The main mission of the collaborative forum is to provide access for communities, industry and all interested stakeholders on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and other environmental data to:
Among other things, the website is designed to:
As noted above, the website and forum are designed to help facilitate discussion among parties interested in TRI and other environmental data and is not a venue where U.S. EPA or ECOS state official policy or endorse specific content.
As mentioned in the website’s Disclaimer policy, ECOS oversees and administers the ChemicalRight2Know.org website. ECOS staff review suggested (or recommended) postings (such as documents, links, reports, events, etc.) that are submitted via e-mail and the Contact tab on the website. Posted items may include (but are not limited to) reports, analyses, links to webinars, websites, mashups, success stories, news items, event information, and deadline reminders. ECOS reviews the submissions to make sure they comply with the Comment policy. In addition, the following broad posting criteria are also used mainly as a “relevance” test:
As long as the documents, links, etc. meet the criteria above, ECOS will post the suggested material to the appropriate section(s) on the website – Resources, Use of TRI Information, Events, etc.
Below is more information about other features on this collaborative forum:
Blog: At this time, only ECOS can initiate a blog entry. We have provided a space for readers to comment on the blog entries. If you have blog topic ideas that you’d like to share in the blog section that do not fit in any of the other previously posted blog entries, please send them to ECOS through the Contact tab on the website and we will post them for you after a relevance review (as discussed above). Also, please see the Comment and Disclaimer policies regarding the website when submitting and posting comments or blog ideas. The views and opinions expressed in this section of the website do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by the U.S. EPA or ECOS and posting of blogs and comments are not an endorsement or statement of official policy of U.S. EPA or ECOS.
TRI In the News Feature: The news articles shown on the right hand side of this website under the heading “TRI in the News” is an automatic feed from Google news. Since the TRI phrase is often misspelled, articles with the terms “Toxics Release Inventory” and “Toxic Release Inventory” are searched for and automatically posted on this part of the website. The news articles are archived on the website here. This is an automatic feed which means that ECOS does not edit or filter the articles that are pulled and posted.
Events: Upcoming and past events related to TRI (such as conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.) are posted in the Events section of the website on the right side of the mainpage. If you have a TRI-related event that you’d like posted in this section please send the details of the event to ECOS through the Contact tab on the website and ECOS will post it for you after a “relevance” review (as discussed above). Please note events posted in this section are not endorsed by U.S. EPA or ECOS.
Resources Tab: TRI-related documents, articles, links, and other information are posted in the Resources section of the website by stakeholder groups: Academics/Students, Environmental and Public Health, Environmental Justice, EPA/Federal Agency, Industry, States, and Tribes. If you have a TRI-related document, web link, mashup, success story, article, etc. that you’d like posted in one of these sections please send the details to ECOS through the Contact tab on the website and ECOS will post them for you after a “relevance” review (as discussed above). The content, views and opinions expressed in Use of TRI Information and Resources sections of the website do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by the U.S. EPA or ECOS and their posting is not an endorsement or statement of official policy by U.S. EPA or ECOS.
Grants Tab: The ECOS-U.S. EPA Cooperative Agreement provides funding for TRI-related grants. Grant information can be found in this section of the website including previously funded projects, current request-for-proposals (RFP’s), and submission forms for solicitations.
Categories Tab: The topic categories for website posts are found in this section of the website. Blog posts are categorized into the following main topics: Data, Guidelines, Mashups, Research & Analysis, Trainings, and TRI Data in Action. Other topic categories (eg, 2012 Conference) found on the blog posts banner, link you to chronological postings under each topic. More information and definitions of categories can be found here: http://www.chemicalright2know.org/resources/
TRI Webinars Tab: EPA/ECOS host TRI-related webinars throughout the year. Here you can find information on past webinar topics such as TRI and Environmental Justice and the TRI Information Center. Information on upcoming webinars will also be posted.
Forum Tab: The forum provides a platform for you to take an active role in TRI collaboration sharing! Network with TRI related stakeholders, post links to environmental data, share success stories and best practices, ask questions, post comments for discussion, etc. Please see the Comment and Disclaimer policies regarding the website when submitting and posting forum postings. The views and opinions expressed in this section of the website do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by the U.S. EPA or ECOS and posting of comments are not an endorsement or statement of official policy of U.S. EPA or ECOS.
TRI Conference Tab: Information regarding past and future National Training Conferences on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities is found in this section. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to present, network, and hear the latest TRI information during our next conference.