Jody Rosenberger: Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI)

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  • Values for the new geographic data fields are assigned by Environment Canada based on validated latitude and longitude coordinates for facilities reporting to the NPRI.
  • Jody Rosenberger: Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI)

    1. 1. Update on Canada’sNational Pollutant ReleaseInventory (NPRI) CEC – Public Meeting of the NA PRTR Project October 30, 2012 Jody Rosenberger Environment Canada
    2. 2. Outline1. Background on the NPRI – What it is, why it exists, pollution data in context, how the data is shared2. Changes to the NPRI over time – historical, recent and future changes to requirements, and improvements to data access tools3. Recommendations from the Office of the Auditor General Page 2 – October 30, 2012
    3. 3. About the National Pollutant ReleaseInventory (NPRI)• The NPRI is Canada’s legislated, publicly-accessible inventory of pollutant releases (to air, water and land), disposals and off-site recycling. It is Canada’s Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR).• The NPRI includes: 1. Mandatory reporting by facilities to Environment Canada (EC) on their pollutant releases and transfers; and mandatory publication by EC of the data received. (over 8 000 facilities and 366 listed substances for 2010) 2. Comprehensive air pollutant emission estimates compiled by EC – national, provincial and sector estimates from all emission sources in Canada for specific air pollutants including persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Page 3 – October 30, 2012
    4. 4. Why the NPRI Exists• The NPRI is a major starting point for pollution information in Canada. It exists to: – Support priority setting and monitoring of environmental performance measures – Contribute to the compilation of pollution patterns and trends – Provide environmental information in the public interest – Fulfill international reporting obligations• Publication of the NPRI is mandated under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) Page 4 – October 30, 2012
    5. 5. Canada’s Pollution Data in Context• Data collected and generated through the NPRI is increasingly being used to support other EC initiatives, including: – The Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) to assess and manage the risks from chemicals – Risk management activities for sectors (e.g. Metal Mining Effluent Regulations, Pollution Prevention Planning notices) – Air Quality Management System to manage air pollutant emissions – Air quality modeling and forecasting• NPRI Data is complemented by other sources of information, for example: – Greenhouse Gas emissions data from the GHG Emissions Reporting Program and the National GHG Inventory – Monitoring Data (air and water quality monitoring, etc) Page 5 – October 30, 2012
    6. 6. Sharing of NPRI data• NPRI query site (Quick, easy to find information on a particular facility)• Microsoft Excel flat file (most common fields in a simplified spreadsheet format )• NPRI database – available in Microsoft Access format (Useful for custom analysis for “technical” users (industry-level analysis, time trends, etc.) )• NPRI Map Layers for use in Google Earth (Allow users to “explore” NPRI data in an intuitive and visual way) Page 6 – October 30, 2012
    7. 7. 2010 NPRI Facility-Reported Data• Latest data available Total Releases, Disposals and Recycling (Off-site) Reported to the NPRI for 2010 is for 2010 – released March 27, 2012• Highlights: – More than 8 000 facilities submitted substance reports – Total releases (air, water and land) fell by 19% from 2006 to 2010 Page 7 – October 30, 2012
    8. 8. The NPRI has expanded since itsinception…• Since 1993, the first year Growth in Reporting to the NPRI, 1993-2009 of the NPRI, EC has: 500 10000 – Added over 150 450 400 9000 8000 # of Listed Substances or # of Reporting Facilities substances, including Substance Groups 350 7000 300 6000 toxic substances and 250 5000 air pollutants 200 150 4000 3000 100 2000 – Reduced thresholds or 50 1000 established different 0 0 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 reporting criteria for 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 Year certain substances # of Listed Substances (Left Scale) and activities # of facilities reporting a substance report• Changes over time available at: http://www.ec.gc.ca/inrp-npri/default.asp?lang=En&n=E2BFC2DB-1 Page 8 – October 30, 2012
    9. 9. Changes to Reporting Requirements forNPRI – since 2005 (1)2006 – Removed mining exemption except for pits and quarries – Added 3 PAH species – Added 13 substances to the list of ‘speciated’ VOCs – Added ‘portable’ facilities (asphalt plants, PCB destruction units)2007 – Removed exemption for pits and quarries – Added 9 PAH species * – Reporting of dioxins and furans in grams * – Added total reduced sulphur and road dust reporting * related to CEC Action Plan for Comparability Page 9 – October 30, 2012
    10. 10. Changes to Reporting Requirements forNPRI – since 2005 (2)2008 – Added titanium dioxide pigment manufacturing to the list of activities for dioxins and furans2009 – Tailings and Waste Rock reporting (added as of 2009, and retroactively to 2006) 2010 – Removal of Sulphur Hexafluoride – Removed requirement to report “anticipated quantities for the subsequent 3 reporting years” 2011 – Reduced threshold for Selenium (and its compounds) – reduction to 100 kg MPO and 0.05 ppm concentration Page 10 – October 30, 2012
    11. 11. Potential Future Changes to the NPRIRequirements• The following changes are currently being considered: – Addition of Naphthenic Acids (external proposal) – Addition of 10 substances recently added to the U.S. TRI (external proposal) – Possible changes to reporting of particulate matter (one threshold for all three fractions) and total reduced sulphur (air only) – Review of the NPRI substance list (possible additions, threshold changes and removals) – Review of reporting from the oil & gas extraction industry Page 11 – October 30, 2012
    12. 12. Improvements have also been made todata access tools, with more to come• Recent Improvements, many of which were driven by input from stakeholders – Renewal of NPRI website – “Tracking Pollution in Canada” – Availability of data as map layers for use with Google Earth – Linkages between facility-reported NPRI data and other data (air inventories and GHG reporting) in online search – Simplified spreadsheet format for commonly used data (as of 2009) – Addition of new geographic data fields – Historical data available online back to 1993 (rather than 1994)• Future improvements include a new online data search and mapping tool under development to: – allow integrated searching of NPRI and GHG data; and – improve multi-year and other search and analysis functionality. Page 12 – October 30, 2012
    13. 13. NPRI is responding to recommendations from the Officeof the Auditor General / Commissioner for Environmentand Sustainable Development (OAG/CESD)• November 2009 audit report focused on data quality, and whether the “data in the NPRI is fit for the intended uses of its clients”.• Five recommendations were provided, including: – more regular consultations with NPRI data users; – developing a strategy for improving data quality; – improving understanding of coverage and compliance rates by sector, and by substance (2 recommendations); and – expanding contextual information provided to data users.• EC is making progress on an Action Plan to address each of the recommendations. – Documents and information being made available on the NPRI website Page 13 – October 30, 2012
    14. 14. Questions / Comments / Suggestions?Contact the NPRIEnvironment Canada10th Floor, Fontaine Building200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd.Gatineau, QuébecK1A 0H3Tel: 1-877-877-8375Fax: (819) 953-2347E-mail: inrp-npri@ec.gc.caNPRI Website: www.ec.gc.ca/inrp-npri Page 14 – October 30, 2012
    15. 15. Thank You / Merci / Gracias Page 15 – October 30, 2012

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