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NATIONAL POLLUTANT RELEASE INVENTORY (NPRI & REG 127/01)The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) was established in 1992. The inventory is used to track and catalogue the release of pollutants, their disposal, or their transfer to recycling and other facilities. All pollutants released to air, water, or land is tracked.
Facilities which meet the reporting requirements are required to report to the NPRI under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). Over 8,000 facilities report annually on their pollutant releases and transfers to Environment Canada.
Facilities that meet the following criteria are required to report to the NPRI by June 1 each year for the previous operating years:
  1. employees that worked a total of 20,000 hours or more (equivalent to 10 full-time employees) during the calendar year, and
  2. the facility manufactured, processed, or otherwise used an NPRI substance greater than the annual threshold criteria during the calendar year including by-products,
  3. the NPRI substance was manufactured, processed or otherwise used at a concentration greater than or equal to 1% by weight, with the exception of NPRI substances considered to be by-products.
Ontario regulation 127/01 has been harmonized with the NPRI. However, the only substance of concern under this Regulation is acetone (Table 2B).
Contaminant emission reporting under the NPRI and O. Reg. 127/01 programs are due by June 1 of each year for the previous calendar year.
The ChemTRAC program is similar to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). The ChemTRAC program requires annual emission reporting for businesses located in the Toronto area to report their use and release of chemical compounds if they meet certain reporting criteria.
One major difference between ChemTRAC and the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is that the reporting thresholds are significantly lower under the ChemTRAC program. ChemTRAC was designed to assess smaller to medium sized organizations that do not fall under the current NPRI program.
ChemTRAC came into effect January 2010 and all reports are due by June 30 for the previous calendar year for the following Sectors:
  • chemical manufacturers;
  • food and beverage manufacturers;
  • power generators;
  • printing and publishing operations;
  • water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • wood industries (including sawmills and wood preservation; veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing; furniture manufacturing; and manufacturing of other wood products such as pallets and doors).
All other sectors not listed above will be phased-in by January 2012.
Please feel free to contact us for further information or to request a quotation and our team will be happy to assist you.
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