Danielle Vallée: Taking Stock: North American Pollutant Releases and Transfers

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  • All of thisis for reporting of at least .0001 kg (facilities and pollutants – including the 60 commonpollutants, all of whichwerereported in 2009 in at least .0001 kg)Does not includealmost 6,000 Canadian facilitiesreportingonlyCACs; and almost 1,000 MexicanfacilitiesreportingonlyGHGsAll 3 countries showed decrease in number of reporting facilities (give approx. absolute decreases to show magnitude); we don’t see major changes in the number of pollutants reported, year to year.
  • While it’s important to look at the details of how pollutants are managed, looking at the total releases and transfers gives us an indication of which sectors have the largest amounts needing to be managed.
  • None by volume are common to all 3 PRTRs; for TEPs: D/F not included due to reportingdiffs; and top 8 are metals/compounds, as well as categorized as POSC: PBTs, known or suspectedcarcinogens, or develop/reproductive toxicants
  • Indicatethat none by volume are common to all 3 PRTRs; for TEPs, D/F notincluded; and for water, all are metals & compounds, as well as categorized as POSC: PBTs, known or suspectedcarcinogens, or develop/reproductive toxicants
  • Must indicatewhat % of total air and water releases thesesectorsrepresented.
  • Danielle Vallée: Taking Stock: North American Pollutant Releases and Transfers

    1. 1. TAKING STOCK:POLLUTANT RELEASES & TRANSFERS IN NORTH AMERICA 2009
    2. 2. OVERVIEW OF INTEGRATED, TRILATERAL DATA, 2009 (& MAJOR CHANGES, 2005-09) 1. Total releases and transfers reported in 2009 • Sectors and Facilities • Pollutants (by volume and toxicity factor) • Changes, 2005-09 2. Next Taking Stock report (Spring 2013): PRTR data and corporate environmental sustainability Coming soon: 2010 data!
    3. 3. Reported Releases and Transfers in North America, 2009: 4,297,106,579 kg Canada 36% United States 62% Mexico 2%
    4. 4. NORTH AMERICAN PRTR REPORTING, 2009 (AND % CHANGE, 2005-09) Canada Mexico United States North NPRI * RETC * TRI AmericaFacilities 2,800 1,521 18,403 22,724reporting (-10%) (-6%) (-11.5%) of 25,775Releases 1.6 billion kg 74.6 million kg 2.7 billion kg and 4.3 billion kg (+27%) (+14%) (-25%)TransfersPollutants 194 65 425 483 reported (60 common) * Releases to air of CACs (Canada) & GHGs (Mexico) excluded.
    5. 5. TOP SECTORS
    6. 6. Releases & % Transfers 2009 change, US Canada MexicoNorth America - Sectors (kg) 2005-09 % % %Metal Ore Mining 559,253,543 -3 97Oil and Gas Extraction 473,632,747 58 99Support for Mining & Oil and Gas Extraction 430,632,041 56 99Electric Power (fossil fuel power plants) 369,374,147 -30 92 8Basic Chemical Manufacturing 269,178,151 -23 63 30 4Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production 233,840,914 -12 60 39Iron and Steel Mills/Ferroalloy Manufacturing 231,708,431 -26 90 10Waste Collection, Treatment and Disposal 201,283,424 -25 65 34Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 167,453,335 36 30 70Water, Sewage and Other Systems 128,732,934 -1 98 Subtotal: 3,065,089,666 % of 2009 Total: 71 Releases & % Transfers 2009 change,Mexico - Sectors (kg) 2005-09Metal Foundries 28,620,826 76Resin, Synthetic Rubber, Artificial Fibers Manuf. 7,544,415 42Other Electrical Equipment/Component Manuf. 2,994,799 -50Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 2,492,798 7,462
    7. 7. TOP POLLUTANTSRELEASES TO AI R AND WATER
    8. 8. POLLUTANTS RELEASED TO AIR, NORTH AMERICA, 2009: BY VOLUME AND TOXICITY Top Pollutants Released to Air Top Pollutants Released to Air (by Volume) (Ranked by Cancer or Non-Cancer TEP) kg kg TEP ScoreHydrochloric Acid 133,892,248 Mercury* 49,529 693,409,779,815Ammonia, Total 68,605,310 Lead* 536,978 311,447,044,245Sulfuric Acid 60,122,719 Cadmium* 26,149 49,683,443,232Methanol 57,708,462 Thallium* 1,466 17,597,506,988Hydrogen Fluoride 23,470,649 Arsenic* 106,371 8,935,158,263Hydrogen Sulfide 21,307,906 Copper* 658,356 8,558,629,318N-Hexane 19,215,926 Cobalt* 77,821 2,412,453,331Toluene 16,532,112 Nickel* 603,447 1,931,031,759Carbonyl Sulfide 13,855,389 Phosgene 6,040 1,812,080,201Xylenes 11,384,719 Hydrochloric Acid 133,892,248 1,606,706,974 % of Total to Air: 79% % of Total to Air: 25%
    9. 9. POLLUTANTS RELEASED TO WATER, NORTH AMERICA, 2009: BY VOLUME AND TOXICITYTop Pollutants Released to Water Top Pollutants Released to Water (by Volume) (Ranked by Cancer or Non-Cancer TEP) kg kg TEP ScoreNitrates* 141,637,908 Mercury* 4,687 60,924,998,682Ammonia, Total 53,966,193 Cadmium* 30,689 4,296,421,941Phosphorous, Total 6,104,227 Lead* 93,641 3,932,930,891Manganese* 3,773,023 Thallium* 1,206 3,255,140,782Methanol 2,717,453 Copper* 238,293 2,859,513,535Ethylene Glycol 954,507 Arsenic* 60,937 1,218,746,697Zinc* 570,274 Vanadium* 259,087 183,951,643Barium* 430,955 Selenium* 21,228 33,965,143Sodium Nitrite 377,596 Chromium* 75,413 33,181,898Chlorine 348,451 Barium* 430,955 20,685,845 % of Total to Water: 99% % of Total to Water: 0.6%
    10. 10. TAKING STOCK REPORT (SPRING 2013): PRTR DATA AND CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY• Analysis of changes in 2005-2010 reporting• Focus on direct releases to the environment, esp. releases to air and water• Selection of two industry sectors for further analysis• Facility surveys to understand the drivers of these changes.
    11. 11. TOP SECTORS FOR RELEASES TO AIR AND WATER, NORTH AMERICA, 2005-09: SELECTION OF SECTORS FOR TAKING STOCK SURVEY Air emissions % change, Industry Sector 2009 (kg) 2005-091 Electric Power (fossil fuel power plants) 201,817,581 -412 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 72,546,670 -233 Basic Chemical Manufacturing 34,524,595 -214 Oil and Gas Extraction 31,162,724 1555 Pesticide, Fertilizer, Agric. Chem. Manuf. 30,936,057 0 68% of Total Releases to Air: 370,987,627 Water discharges % change, Industry Sector 2009 (kg) 2005-091 Water, Sewage and Other Systems 103,546,209 -42 Animal Slaughtering and Processing 30,142,752 -53 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 13,971,665 -164 Petroleum and Coal Products Manuf. 10,004,830 85 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manuf. 7,801,833 -43 77% of Total Releases to Water: 165,467,290
    12. 12. THANK YOU! QUESTIONS?

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