Status: Regular program of the CEC
The main objectives of the project are to:
The main objectives of the project are:
Begun in 1996, the CEC's North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (NAPRTR) project has been a key component of the CEC's ongoing work on pollutants and environmental health.
The NAPRTR project collects and integrates PRTR and related information at the North American level and makes it available to a spectrum of users, including local governments, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and the general public, through the CEC's flagship publication, Taking Stock, and the Taking Stock Online web pages and searchable database, at http://www.cec.org/takingstock.
Over the past decade, the NAPRTR project has played an instrumental role in the development and establishment of Mexico's mandatory PRTR program and publicly accessible data, starting with the 2004 reporting year. The significant result of these efforts has been the ability to compare and analyze data for all three countries and thus provide a picture of industrial pollution across North America. Since 2002, the NAPRTR project team has continued to work on the implementation of the Action Plan to Enhance the Comparability of Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers in North America.
The NAPRTR project provides information relating to the sources, amounts and handling of toxic substances released or transferred by industrial facilities in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The Taking Stock report brings together this information in a format that allows stakeholders to understand the context and limitations of PRTR data, as well as areas for further improvement. The report also features special analyses of releases and transfers from specific sectors, or of certain pollutants, which can provide additional insights for decision-making.
This project aims to provide information to support sustainable environmental policies and practices throughout North America that promote reductions in pollutant releases from industrial activities. It seeks to encourage relevant decision-making activities by governments, industry, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as to equip the general public with information concerning environmental issues.
The specific activities or tasks that will be undertaken within the NAPRTR project in 2010 include:
The final outcome of this project is the creation of an integrated North American PRTR database that supports the compilation and dissemination of quality, unbiased and comparable information. The ultimate goal of this project is that the use of this information will result in positive actions, such as informed policy decisions, industry evaluation of efficiency and environmental performance, cost-effective pollution prevention practices, and citizen awareness about hazardous substances released to the environment.
Air Quality and Pollutant Releases
The CEC’s work on pollutants is driven by the priorities identified by Canada, Mexico and the US in the CEC’s 2013-14 Operational Plan (guided by the CEC’s 2010–2015 Strategic Plan) to tackle climate change and improve air quality, address waste in trade in North America and other cross-cutting initiatives.