Evento

Reunión pública de la Iniciativa RETC de América del Norte

Organizada este año en colaboración con el Taller para usuarios de datos del Inventario Nacional de Emisiones de Contaminantes (National Pollutant Release Inventory, NPRI) de Canadá, esta reunión congregará a representantes de la industria, gobiernos, organizaciones no gubernamentales e instituciones académicas, y ciudadanos interesados en la sustentabilidad ambiental en el sector industrial de América del Norte.

  • Día 1 (a cargo del NPRI): se mostrará el trabajo de usuarios de datos del NPRI de nivel avanzado, con el objetivo de entender sus necesidades de información y cómo puede el registro mismo satisfacerlas con mayor eficiencia. Algunos académicos e investigadores ejemplificarán la manera en que utilizan los datos del NPRI y los vínculos que establecen con otros datos. Invitamos a usuarios de datos con cualquier nivel de dominio a presenciar la sesión.
  • Día 2 (a cargo de la CCA): se explorarán aplicaciones actuales y posibles de los datos RETC de América del Norte, con miras a comprender con mayor claridad las necesidades de los diversos sectores de toda la región y atenderlas. Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de escuchar a representantes de los RETC de Canadá, Estados Unidos y México, quienes ofrecerán una puesta al día de los respectivos registros; podrán, además, explorar posibles temas para su análisis en el próximo informe En balance; conocer las mejoras implementadas al portal En balance en línea de la CCA, sus datos y herramientas, y ofrecer sugerencias sobre un proyecto “desafío” en términos de prevención de la contaminación industrial a escala de América del Norte.

El acceso a la reunión es gratuito, pero el cupo es limitado y todos los participantes deberán registrarse. La CCA pone a disposición de los interesados que cumplan con las condiciones de participación apoyos económicos limitados para el pago de viáticos y alojamiento. La fecha límite para solicitar el apoyo económico es el 10 de enero de 2020.

Dónde

Delta Hotel, 475 Avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montreal, Québec
Canadá

Cuándo

25 y 26 de febrero de 2020

Participación

Público

Orden del día

25 February: NPRI Data Users Workshop

Objectives:

  • To better understand advanced NPRI data users from academia, research and government, e.g.:
    • What NPRI data are used by this audience?
    • How are they obtained, how are they used?
    • What other types of data are they linked to?
  • To illustrate the versatility of the NPRI by showcasing the work of various data users
  • To create a platform for users to network with each other and share best practices and lessons learned from using NPRI data
8:00 a.m.

Registration

8:30 a.m.
(15 mins)

1 – Welcoming remarks
Meeting objectives, overview of agenda, logistics, and a design-thinking brainstorm that will inform the design-thinking exercise later on.
Jody Rosenberger / Aline St-Laurent Guérin / Alicia Berthiaume (ECCC)

8:45 a.m.
(15 mins +10)

2 – NPRI Public Opinion Survey
A brief summary of the results of the recent Public Opinion research survey conducted by NPRI and EKOS Research Associates

Marie-Hélène Lacasse
(ECCC)
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9:10 a.m.
(15 mins +10)

3 – New NPRI Query site, Data products and Info products
An overview of recent changes made to the NPRI query site, data products (raw data) and information products (interpreted data e.g. fact sheets) to improve the NPRI user experience.

Simon St-Pierre
(ECCC)
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9:35 a.m.
(15 mins +10)

4 – Journalists Perspective
Two journalists from Journal de Québec and Journal de Montréal will discuss their experiences in reporting on pollution using government pollution data.
Charles Lecavalier, Journal de Québec / Annabelle Blais, Journal de Montréal

Charles Lecavalier
Journal de Québec Annabelle Blais, Journal de Montréal
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10:00 – 10:20 a.m.

Health Break (coffee/tea provided)

10:20 a.m.
(25 mins +10)

5 – Exploring Co-Location of Adverse Birth Outcomes and Environmental Variables
A synopsis of four studies discussing: (1) the identification of industrial chemical emissions co-located with adverse birth outcomes across Canada; (2) the development of an ambient health hazard index for Alberta; (3) the formulation of hypotheses on the co-location of mixtures of industrial air pollution and adverse birth outcomes; and (4) the spatiotemporal modeling of hot spots.

Charlene Nielsen
(University of Alberta)
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10:55 a.m.
(15 mins +10)

6 – Exposure to Industrial Air Pollutants Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis Biomarker
An investigation of the association of anti-citrullinated antibodies (ACPA) with the ambient air pollutants fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) in Québec.

Sasha Bernatsky
(McGill University)
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11:20 a.m.
(15 mins +10)

7 – Application of NPRI data in source apportionment, decadal trend analysis and atmospheric deposition studies of monitored air pollutants
A focus on source apportionment of atmospheric mercury, acidifying pollutant and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the Canadian oil sands region.

Leiming Zhang
(ECCC)
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11:45 a.m.
(30 mins)

8 – Design-thinking exercise
A paper exercise to extract data user needs using a design-thinking approach will be explained and then executed by participants.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch (will be provided)

1:15 p.m.
(15 mins +10)

9 – An overview of Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory program as a pollution control policy tool
This study investigates and critically discusses the stated policy goals of Canada’s NPRI to other Pollutant Release and Transfers Registers (PRTRs).

Stuart J. Edwards

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1:40 p.m.
(15 mins +10)

10 – Integrating mass balance multi-media models to link NPRI data with chemical fate and exposure in the environment and the potential for adverse effects
A case study using the Risk Assessment IDentification And Ranking (RAIDAR) model to evaluate 252 NPRI organic chemicals for potential harmful effects to humans and the environment through hazard (“PBT”), exposure and risk assessment.

Lisa Toose
(Arnot Research and Consulting) Alicia Berthiaume (ECCC)
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2:05 p.m.
(15 mins +10)

11 – NPRI in accounting and modelling of water pollution impacts on the economy in the Great Lakes
A presentation on the creation of an integrated water basin accounting framework, linking economic activities to water as a source and a sink using the Great Lakes basin in Ontario as a case study.

Roy Brouwer
(The Water Institute, University of Waterloo)
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2:50 p.m.
(15 mins +10)

12 – What influences the pattern of pollutant releases?
An investigation of firms’ siting and household sorting decisions in Ontario

Burc Kayahan
(Acadia University)
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3:15 p.m.
(15 mins+ 10)

13 – How TRI Data are Used by Academics and Other Researchers
An overview of US EPA programs and projects where US Toxics Release Inventory data are used to better understand pollution.

Sandra Gaona
(US EPA)
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3:40 p.m.
(40 mins)

14 – Panel discussion
Several presenters (Charlene Nielsen, Stuart J. Edwards, Roy Brouwer, Burc Kayahan, Charles Lecavalier) will serve as panelists to discuss various perspectives on using the NPRI.
Moderated by: Alicia Berthiaume (ECCC)

4:20 p.m.
(10 mins)

Meeting wrap-up and closing remarks
Jody Rosenberger (ECCC)

26 February: Meeting of the North American PRTR Initiative

NPRI Data Users Workshop / Meeting of the North American PRTR Initiative

8:30–9:00

Registration

9:00–9:30

Session 1:  Introduction and Goals of the Meeting – Orlando Cabrera-Rivera, CEC Head of Unit, Environmental Quality
Welcoming Remarks – Richard Morgan, CEC Executive Director

9:30–10:00

Session 2:  North American PRTR Initiative: Update on Activities

Orlando Cabrera-Rivera
and Danielle Vallée, Environmental Quality Unit, CEC
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10:00-11:00

Session 3:  National PRTR Program Updates

Sandra Gaona
United States’ Environmental Protection Agency Toxics Release Inventory
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José Ernesto Navarro
Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Mexico Registro de Emisiones y Transferencia de Contaminantes
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Jody Rosenberger
Environment and Climate Change Canada National Pollutant Release Inventory
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11:00–11:15

Break

11:15–12:45

Session 4:  Exploring Existing and Potential Uses of North American PRTR Data 

Dennis J. Aigner
University of California, Irvine Use of Mexico’s RETC Data to Evaluate Public Health Risk from Toxic Emissions
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Marco Belmont
Toronto Public Health Ten years of Toronto’s ChemTRAC program: Lessons learned
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Vanessa Gray
Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Kristen Bos, Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto Pollution Reporter App

12:45–13:30

Lunch (provided)

13:30–14:15

Session 5:  Addressing the Needs of North American PRTR Data Users: Discussion  
As a follow-up to the preceding session, participants will be asked to share their experiences using PRTR data, and to provide suggestions for addressing identified issues.

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14:15-15:00

Session 6:  Suggestions for the Next Taking Stock Report: Discussion 
Participants will be asked to provide input on possible analyses of interest for the next Taking Stock report. 

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15:00–15:15

Break

15:15-16:45

Session 7:  Exploring Ideas for a North American Pollution Prevention Challenge (Panel) – Gary Vegh, ERA Environmental Management Solutions; Paola Hernandez, Grupo México; Sandra Gaona, U.S. EPA

Questions to be explored during this discussion:

  • Are industry sustainability efforts reflected in PRTR reporting?
  • What are the barriers to implementing pollution prevention/sustainable production practices?
  • What are some feasible approaches for a North American voluntary industry pollution prevention initiative?  
16:45-17:00

Session 8:  Next Steps and Closing Remarks – Orlando Cabrera-Rivera, CEC