National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is our nation’s legislated, publicly‐accessible inventory of pollutants released (to air, water and land), disposed of and sent for recycling by industrial and other facilities across the country. The NPRI was established in 1992 by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Since then Ontario has introduced two pieces of legislation that extend the obligations of this legislation further in Ontario; O. Reg. 127/01: Airborne Contaminant Discharge Monitoring and Reporting and the Toxics Reduction Act.
Under the authority of CEPA 1999, owners or operators of facilities that manufacture, process, otherwise use, or release one or more of the substances tracked by the NPRI and meet reporting thresholds and other requirements are required to report their pollutant releases, disposals, and transfers for recycling annually to the NPRI.
Over 300 substances are listed on the National Pollutant Release Inventory
Although over 300 substances are listed on the National Pollutant Release Inventory and over 6,900 facilities reported last year on their pollutant releases and transfers to Environment and Climate Change Canada, it is suspected that only a small fraction of eligible facilities are completing the mandatory report.
It is the obligation of the person who owns or operates the facility to review NPRI reporting criteria annually, as the criteria are subject to change. If a report was filed for 2016, but the facility does not meet the 2017 NPRI criteria, the owner/operator must submit an exit record for the substance. Regardless of reporting obligations all facilities are required to annually assess their reporting requirements.
Environment and Climate Change Canada publishes unreviewed NPRI data in the Online Data Search within one month of the annual June 1st reporting deadline. This data is reviewed for suspected inaccuracies and required information is verified as necessary. Following this analysis, the reviewed data set is published in various formats within six months of the annual reporting deadline.
If you don’t know whether NPRI affects you, now is the time to find out. EKG can help determine whether your facility is exempt and assist you in report preparation and submission. If you’ve reported to NPRI in the past, we can help ensure your continued compliance with this important legislation.
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All it takes is a phone call – prior to the June 1 deadline.