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Orlando Cabrera: Tracking Pollutant Releases and Transfers in North America

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  • The Action Plan was established by Council resolution in 1997. Through this cooperative work, Mexico was able to establish its mandatory RETC.

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  • 1. Tracking Pollutant Releases and Transfers in North America (North American PRTR Project) Commission for Environmental Cooperation Orlando Cabrera Rivera, Program Manager October 30, 2012Commission for Environmental Cooperation
  • 2. Tracking Pollutant Releases and Transfers in NorthAmerica (North American PRTR Project)Objectives: Increase access to information, awareness and understanding of the sources and handling of pollutants of common concern across North America Improve the comparability of PRTRs in North America Support decision-making at all levels (communities, industry, governments) relative to pollution prevention and reductionApproach:  Integrated online North American PRTR dataset and tools Taking Stock report with analyses addressing North American health and environmental issues Outreach and development of relationships with stakeholders Tri-lateral collaboration on comparability and consistency: data reporting, collection, and QA
  • 3. Taking Stock - Report and Website
  • 4. CEC Council Actions on PRTR • Called for the creation of a North American Pollutant Release Inventory1995 • Announced plans to publish in 1997 the first annual North American Pollutant Release Inventory1996 (NAPRI) • Published the 1st Taking Stock report (1993 data for US and Canada), and called for developing1997 an implementation plan to enhance the comparability of North American PRTRs • Announced support for continued development and improvement of the North American PRTR1999 system, with a goal of mandatory reporting for all nations. • Agreed to continue efforts to promote PRTRs, including public access to and use of PRTR2000 data, domestically, regionally and internationally; • Adopted the Action Plan to Enhance the Comparability of North American PRTRs2002
  • 5. Promoting RegionalCooperation• what is reported• who must report• reporting guidance, including: definitions, nomenclature• data estimation techniques• data dissemination and user support• information on releases from non-point sources
  • 6. NAPRTR Project - Milestones • Publication of 7th Annual Taking Stock Report featuring Mexican PRTR data for the2003 cement industry (year 2000 data) • Taking Stock 2001: A Special Report on Toxic Chemicals and Childrens Health in2004 North America • First update - Action Plan to Enhance the Comparability of PRTR in North America2005 • Taking Stock 2004: First publication featuring Mexican data under mandatory PRTR2007 • Publication of Taking Stock 2005, and Taking Stock Online, first tri-lateral2009 integrated North American PRTR database • 13th edition of Taking Stock report, and enhanced Taking Stock Online (Cross-2011 border transfers search, summary charts, mapping) • Taking Stock Online data update 2004-2009 (March)/Action Plan Update/ Analysis2012 for Taking Stock report (changes over time, 2005-2010)
  • 7. PRTR reporting facilities• Canada’s NPRI• US TRI• Mexico’s RETC
  • 8. North American Watersheds and Facilities Reporting Releases to Water
  • 9. Reporting PRTR Facilities, 2009 and Population Density
  • 10. Reporting PRTR Facilities and Land Cover
  • 11. Three countries. One environment.© Commission for Environmental Cooperation / 2010