The Toxic Release Inventory TRI P2 Reports Are Like a Good Story

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The EPA-mandated Toxic Release Inventory Pollution Prevention (TRI P2) Reports can take an epoch to say, let alone write. However, if done right, these reports can spin a tale of the courageous and innovative ways that your company fights back against a rising tide of pollutants. It can become a near-miss nail-biter, where polluting processes are replaced at the last minute with something more eco-friendly. There are ups and downs in every story, including the story you choose to tell on the TRI P2 reports.

While optional, the P2 report is a place to give yourself some credit about your commitment to reducing pollution in your community. Let’s start with the protagonist of the story. We must first introduce our main character – the chemical targeted for P2 activities. Then, the story of this chemical unfolds with the types of P2 activities adopted and why you adopted them. In the whole facility, we want to know what processes were affected. You can develop supporting characters when answering such questions as, did you employ any safer chemical alternatives? And, did any other organizations help you with these changes?

The question that has us on the edge of our seats is, what are the environmental benefits – either realized or expected? We are also very interested to know if the company attained any other benefits in the form of cost savings, improved product quality or energy savings, among others. Since P2 reports become public information, community members and other related companies will be interested to know if a certain method is worth employing for environmental or fiscal reasons.

This is the kind of story with a diverse audience. The industries covered by the TRI reporting requirements use TRI to find out about best practices. The EPA makes this data readily available online. Other fields use this data as well, including academia, media, community groups, environmental activist and governmental bodies. There is a rich legacy of TRI reports that spans back through 30 years of our country’s stories about chemicals, pollution and pollution prevention.


One example of such a story comes to use from BAE Systems. Once upon a time (a few years ago), in the Southeast Shipyard Alabama facility of BAE Systems, the people in charge wanted to change the story of the xylene and zinc in their surface coating activities. They set up new processes , and a materials management program that tracks usage and disposal of all toxic and nontoxic materials. They also started performing frequent surface coating inventories inventory reconciliations with a robust labeling system that minimizes overstocking and monitors shelf life. They changed their organization of purchasing process by creating one central system, which allows them to order the smallest amounts possible for all chemicals. The change that also spelled spelled lowered liability for the facility. The story ends on high note by empowering each and every employee with the power of information about handling hazardous materials.

The story of BAE Systems is one of hard work and dedication to safety and pollution prevention. Using several best practices chemical management and training systems, they were able to improve inventory control and reduce xylene and zinc releases into the local environment.

ChemSW is also part of the safety story, with its inventory management solutions. Our software, CISPro™ enables strong comprehensive inventory labeling, tracking, monitoring and turnkey reporting. Please visit our site to find out how we can improve your facility’s story today.

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