This meeting, which is being organized this year in collaboration with Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) Data Users’ workshop, will bring together individuals from industry, governments, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the public interested in environmental sustainability within North American industry.
Participation in the meeting is free of charge, but space is limited and all participants must register. Limited financial assistance for travel and lodging is available to eligible participants. The deadline for requesting financial assistance is 10 January 2020.
475 Avenue du Président-Kennedy,
25 and 26 February, 2020
Environmental Quality, Head of Unit
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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)
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
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.
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
Journal de Québec Annabelle Blais, Journal de Montréal
Health Break (coffee/tea provided)
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.
(University of Alberta)
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.
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.
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.
Lunch (will be provided)
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
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.
(Arnot Research and Consulting) Alicia Berthiaume (ECCC)
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.
(The Water Institute, University of Waterloo)
12 – What influences the pattern of pollutant releases?
An investigation of firms’ siting and household sorting decisions in Ontario
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.
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)
Meeting wrap-up and closing remarks
Jody Rosenberger (ECCC)
NPRI Data Users Workshop / Meeting of the North American PRTR Initiative
Session 1: Introduction and Goals of the Meeting – Orlando Cabrera-Rivera, CEC Head of Unit, Environmental Quality
Welcoming Remarks – Richard Morgan, CEC Executive Director
Session 2: North American PRTR Initiative: Update on Activities
and Danielle Vallée, Environmental Quality Unit, CEC
Session 3: National PRTR Program Updates
United States’ Environmental Protection Agency Toxics Release Inventory
José Ernesto Navarro
Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Mexico Registro de Emisiones y Transferencia de Contaminantes
Environment and Climate Change Canada National Pollutant Release Inventory
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
Toronto Public Health Ten years of Toronto’s ChemTRAC program: Lessons learned
Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Kristen Bos, Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto Pollution Reporter App
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.
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.
Questions to be explored during this discussion:
Session 8: Next Steps and Closing Remarks – Orlando Cabrera-Rivera, CEC