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PFAS Compounds and the Toxics Release Inventory

Apr 22, 2021

Virtual Event

Join our panel of experts, Elizabeth Denly, Melissa Hart and Joel Eagle for a live webinar discussing the implications of the addition of numerous PFAS chemicals to TRI reporting requirements.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 added 172 PFAS compounds to the list of chemicals that must be evaluated for reporting in the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). As a result, facilities will need to identify any materials that contain these PFAS compounds above de minimis levels. PFAS are used in a wide range of materials, often at relatively low concentrations.

Once these materials are identified, facilities need to conduct a threshold evaluation to determine if reporting is required. Understanding how to identify PFAS-containing materials and assess and prepare threshold calculations is critical to knowing whether you have to report.

Topics will include:

  • Environmental Issues Due to PFAS
  • Implications of the Expanding PFAS TRI Regulations
  • How TRI Has Changed as a Result of the PFAS Act of 2019
  • Approaches to Addressing TRI Assessment and Reporting
  • A Legal Perspective on These and Related PFAS Concerns


Elizabeth Denly – Vice President, TRC
Elizabeth Denly is a Vice President at TRC, with roles as TRC’s national PFAS Technical Lead and the Quality Assurance and Chemistry Systems Director in the Environmental Sector. Ms. Denly is a chemist with 30 years of consulting experience encompassing field and laboratory analyses and audits, QA/QC, data validation and consulting for regulatory agencies.

She is a leader in the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) PFAS Team and received ITRC’s Industry Member of the Year Award for 2017. Her PFAS focus includes nomenclature, chemistry, sampling procedures, QA/QC and laboratory analytical methodologies.

Melissa Hart – Client Service Manager and Market Director, TRC
Melissa has over 30 years of experience in private industry and environmental consulting. She is a Senior Client Services Manager and the Market Director for TRC’s Central Region (Midwest and Southeast) and for the Security & Emergency Management Services Group.

She is a subject matter expert on EPCRA reporting and compliance, Ozone Depleting Substances compliance, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and air regulatory compliance to the industrial chemicals, contract packaging, manufacturing, grain handling and pharmaceutical industries.

Joel D. Eagle – Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
Joel D. Eagle is a partner in the Environmental practice group at Thompson Hine LLP. He represents public and private entities in the industrial, commercial and manufacturing sectors, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of environmental law including regulatory compliance counseling and litigation involving CERCLA and state cleanup laws, water and air pollution control, EPA and California Air Resources Board mobile source emission regulations, hazardous waste management and chemical regulation. Joel also counsels clients in environmental due diligence and contract negotiation for the purchase and sale of businesses and properties. Over the past several years, one of his areas of focus has been counseling clients regarding PFAS investigations, remediation and risk management.

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