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.
  • Orlando Cabrera: Tracking Pollutant Releases and Transfers in North America

    1. 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. 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. 3. Taking Stock - Report and Website
    4. 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. 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. 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. 7. PRTR reporting facilities• Canada’s NPRI• US TRI• Mexico’s RETC
    8. 8. North American Watersheds and Facilities Reporting Releases to Water
    9. 9. Reporting PRTR Facilities, 2009 and Population Density
    10. 10. Reporting PRTR Facilities and Land Cover
    11. 11. Three countries. One environment.© Commission for Environmental Cooperation / 2010