This edition of Taking Stock examines the 2013 pollutant data reported by industrial facilities in Canada, Mexico and the United States to their national pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs). The goal of the publication is to enhance the understanding of the sources, locations and handling of industrial substances to promote pollution prevention and support the integration of PRTR data into an overarching framework for managing pollutants in North America.
This year’s report also features a special analysis of reporting from the North American mining industry. It describes the processes involved in the extraction of a variety of minerals, as well as the potential risks associated with the substances generated during these activities. The analyses of facility data from the three countries also reveal important gaps in reporting across the region and provide suggestions for how these discrepancies can be addressed.