NATIONAL POLLUTANT RELEASE INVENTORY (NPRI)
Reporting for National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) has become a mandatory requirement since 1992 when it was established to collect data on substances of concern in Canada. Managed by Environment Canada under the legal authority of Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), NPRI currently tracks 341 substances and groups of substances grouped into five different parts. Owners or operators of the facilities that meet criteria must report to Environment Canada by June 1 of each year.
ONTARIO REGULATION (O. REG.) 127/01 – AIRBORNE CONTAMINANT DISCHARGE AND REPORTING
In addition to the NPRI reporting, Ontario Regulation 127/01 (made under the Environmental Protection Act) “requires Ontario-based facilities that emit certain quantities of specific substances to report their emissions to the government. These emissions reports must also be made available to the public”. The reporting time-line and requirements is being done through NPRI and made public since 2005.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND DISCLOSURE FOR TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE, CHAPTER 423 (CHEMTRAC)
Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 423), Chemtrac is City of Toronto’s Health Program designed to track the usage of 25 priority substances that are proved to have raised health concerns. Developed between 2005 and 2008, Chemtrac became mandatory in 2011 for many types of industries operating in Toronto (automotive, dry cleaning, wood industry, crematorium, etc.); since then, reporting must be completed every year by June 30.
TOXICS REDUCTION ACT, O. REG. 455/09
The purpose of the Act is to reduce the use, creation and release of toxic substances through mandatory reporting and voluntary reduction. Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Strategy focuses on reducing the creation and usage of certain substances by requiring industry to develop plans along with making plan summaries available to public.
For toxic substances labeled as “priority” in the TRA, a report was due by June 1, 2011, for the calendar year 2010. Facilities were required to develop their toxic substance reduction plan by December 31, 2011. Facilities that use or create a substance listed in the NPRI, but is NOT listed as a priority substance, were required to provide their first report to the MOE by June 1, 2013, covering the calendar year 2012. Summaries of the plan must be made available to the MOE and the public by December 31, 2013. Summaries must be signed by the highest ranking authority and a Certified Planner.
Our services include:
- Review Material Safety Data Sheets (inventory of reportable substances)
- Prepare List of Materials Containing Reporting Substances
- Calculate Reporting Thresholds
- Determine the Facility’s Emissions/Releases
- Toxic Substance Accounting
- Annual Reporting
- Identify and describe stages and processes
- Prepare process flow diagrams
- Select methods
- Prepare Statement of Intent, Objectives and any Targets
- Estimate Direct and Indirect Costs Associated with a Toxic Substance (to be completed by client)
- Identify Reduction Options in each of the Seven Toxic Substance Reduction Categories
- Material or feedstock substitutions
- Product design or reformulation
- Equipment or process modification
- Spill and leak prevention
- Onsite reuse or recycling
- Improved inventory management or purchasing techniques
- Training or improved operating practices
- Estimate Reductions for each Identified Reduction Option
- Technical and Economic Feasibility Analyses
- Select Options for Implementation and Set-out Steps and Timetable
- Planner Recommendations
- Certification of Plan
- Preparation and Submission of Plan Summary