Potato Chip Manufacturing Facility: Toxic Release Inventory Reporting and Toxic Use Reduction Planning

GeoInsight completed the required EPCRA reporting for cleaning and sanitation chemicals used at a large chip manufacturing facility.  This included a review of chemical usage and disposal data to confirm which chemicals must be reported.  In addition, GeoInsight’s certified TUR Planner (TURP) completed an evaluation of options to reduce the use of toxics at the facility.  As a result of the planning process, GeoInsight was able to work with facility personnel to identify options to help reduce chemicals usage to below the reporting threshold so they could potentially eliminate the need for future planning.


Chemical reporting to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is required by Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).  Program applicability is based on the number of employees, a facility’s standard industrial classification code, and the type/quantity of reportable chemicals processed, manufactured, or otherwise-used in a calendar year.  A chemical inventory release report must be filed to the USEPA on a Form R by July 1 every year.  In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) established the Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) Program (310 CMR 50.00) for similar chemical reporting to the state. The TUR program requires that large quantity users of listed toxic materials report annually (Form S) on their use of such substances as well as complete evaluations to reduce or eliminate the use of the toxic materials.


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  • Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Toxic Use Reduction