This edition of the Taking Stock report examines the data on pollutant releases and transfers reported by industrial facilities from 2005 through 2010 to the three pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of North America: Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI); Mexico’s Registro de Emisiones y Transferencia de Contaminantes (RETC); and the US Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). It provides details about specific pollutants, how they were managed, and the sectors and facilities reporting them over time and across North America.
This year’s edition places additional emphasis on reported releases to air and water, particularly of those substances considered to be of special concern because of their significant potential to cause harm to human health or the environment. The report also presents a special focus on releases to air and water reported by North American pulp, paper and paperboard mills. From 2005 through 2010, this industry consistently ranked among the top sectors in North America, but PRTR data show decreases over time in its releases to air and water. Through analyses of these data and related information, a small survey of pulp and paper mills, and feedback from North American pulp and paper industry associations, the report explores the possible drivers of these decreases and offers additional insights about the environmental sustainability efforts within the sector. Taking Stock seeks to enhance the understanding of the sources, locations and types of pollutant releases and transfers across North America. It also promotes greater comparability of PRTR data among the three countries, and increased dialogue and collaboration across borders and industrial sectors. Through these efforts, the report furthers the goals of the CEC to provide information for decision-making at all levels of society, promote reductions in industrial pollution, and support the integration of PRTR data into an overarching framework for managing pollutants in North America.
|Document Type:||Project publication|
|Theme:||Green Economy, Pollutants|
|Series:||Taking Stock Series|