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WASHINGTON, Sep 21, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington has proposed a rule expanding use of a shortened toxic reporting inventory form for some facilities.

The proposal is expected to save 165,000 hours annually, while still ensuring full long-form reporting on more than 99 percent of toxic releases and other waste management activities.

EPA officials said their toxic release inventory proposal also would provide new incentives to emit lesser amounts of toxic materials in order to be able to use the shorter form.

"Today's proposal would provide burden reduction for approximately 1/3 of TRI reporters, while still requiring facilities to report on all chemicals that they report on today, said Kimberly Nelson, the EPA's chief information officer.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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