Instructional videos: National Pollutant Release Inventory

The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI): an overview

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Intro page

Hi,

This webinar will provide you with an overview of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory program.

The following topics will be discussed during this presentation:

What is the NPRI and why it exists, who reports to the program, what are the requirements for reporting, what substances are listed on the NPRI and what type of information is reported to the NPRI.

We are also going to talk about who uses the NPRI data, what is the standard timeline of the NPRI, the support we provide to reporting facilities, how to access the data, what type of data products are available and what can the data show us.

And finally we are going to talk about the reporting requirements and how they have changed over time.

What is the NPRI?

The NPRI is Canada’s inventory of pollutant releases to air, water and land, as well as disposals and transfers for treatment and recycling.

It was established in 1993, and includes data from 1993 to the most recent reporting year.

The information is collected annually from approximately 7,500 facilities across Canada on over 300 pollutants.

The NPRI includes reporting on toxic substances, air pollutants which contribute to the formation of smog and acid rain, and other pollutants of concern.

Why the NPRI exists?

The NPRI and publication of data collected is mandated under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

The NPRI is a key resource for identifying and monitoring sources of pollution in Canada.

The public “right to know” is one of the fundamental principles of the NPRI.

NPRI data can be used to:

Encourage actions to reduce the release of pollutants into the environment;

Improve public understanding; and

Inform other governmental programs.

Who currently reports to the NPRI?

They are many different types of facilities that report to the NPRI program.  A large portion of the reporting facilities are from industrial sectors, such as oil and gas extraction, forest products mills, petroleum refineries, mines, chemical manufacturing facilities, and many others.

Other types of facilities that report to the NPRI include, for example, waste management facilities, municipal waste water treatment plants, electric power generation facilities, and airports.

Certain government departments, such as the Department of National Defence also report to the program.

There are a few sectors and certain activities that are exempt from reporting to the NPRI, such as agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas exploration and drilling.

Also, not all facilities within a sector report to the NPRI because some of them do not meet the reporting requirements of the program.

Reporting Requirements

The NPRI reporting requirements are published every 2 years in Part I of the Canada Gazette, which is the official newspaper of the Government of Canada.

The NPRI is a mandatory survey. Facilities must report to the NPRI if they have a certain number of employees, equivalent to 10 full time employees, or if they carry out certain listed activities, such as incineration or municipal sewage treatment and exceed certain quantities of substances.

Facilities that fail to report to the NPRI when they should have can face penalties under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

The NPRI team is available all year through the helpdesk, to provide guidance and support to facilities who must report. Contact information is available on our website and later in this video.

Which substances are on the NPRI?

Over 300 substances are currently listed on the NPRI, including toxic substances, such as asbestos, bisphenol A and benzene, heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins and furans, air pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, and many substances of concern.

The substances are divided into groups with their own set of reporting criteria. These are based on the quantity of a substance that is manufactured, processed or used at the facility, or the quantity of a substance that is released from the facility; or when certain activities occur at the facility.

The full list of substances is available on the NPRI’s website.

What is reported to the NPRI?

The NPRI collects a lot of information. The main part of this information is on the quantities of substances that are released to air, water and land, disposed or recycled.  Each category has several sub-categories.

The releases category includes direct releases to air, surface water and land. And each of these types of releases is further broken down into more specific types, such as smoke stack emissions, spills and leaks, and direct discharges.

Another category of information collected is disposals. A facility can dispose of a substance on-site or off-site, and the disposals can fall into sub categories, such as landfill, land application, underground injection, mine tailings and waste rock.

The substances can also be transferred off-site to be recycled, or further treated prior to their final disposal. Facilities must also report the type of recycling or treatment performed as a sub category, and they must also provide the destination of the transfers.

What is reported to the NPRI? (2)

The NPRI collects many other types of information, such as data about the ownership, the location and the sector type, for each facility.

The program collects information on the type of use of each substance by the facility, if facilities performed pollution prevention activities and the reasons for changes compared to quantities reported in previous years.

Facilities are encouraged to provide additional comments and explanations in their reports to help users understand the data that was reported.

Who uses NPRI data?

NPRI data is used by a variety of users.

These users range from government and international organizations, industry associations and individual companies, to the media, academics, students, non-government organizations and the general Canadian public.

Given the broad variety of users, the NPRI strives to publish information and data that meets the need of all these different user groups.

Standard NPRI timeline

Every two years, in the winter, the NPRI publishes a notice with reporting requirements in the Canada Gazette for the 2 upcoming reporting years.

Facilities can submit their report using the online reporting system, which is launched in March. They have until June 1st to report their data for the previous calendar year.

As soon as the deadline is passed, the NPRI team starts the review of the data to identify potential reporting errors.  In early July, the NPRI publishes the preliminary set of data, as it was reported by the facilities. This step is to invite facilities to review their data to identify and correct any potential errors. This preliminary data is in draft form and should not be used to perform data analysis, because it can contain errors.

In the fall, once the data has been reviewed, the NPRI team starts preparing a summary report and other analysis, which are published along the reviewed data in multiple formats in December.

Support to reporting facilities

Support is provided to facilities in order to assist them with reporting to the NPRI.

The type of support provided, which are all available through the NPRI website, include general guidance to explain the reporting requirements such as frequently asked questions and video tutorials. 

A Toolbox is also available, which provides facilities with technical guidance, for example on estimation methods, estimation tools and calculators and links to external resources.

And finally, the NPRI team is available all year to provide guidance and support to facilities through the helpdesk. They can contact the program by phone or email.

Tools for accessing NPRI data

NPRI data is available in various formats on the NPRI website, and through the Government of Canada’s Open data portal.

Some are very intuitive and easy to use, whereas others are more comprehensive. Some are tailored to more advanced users and allow for advanced analysis, such as time trends.

A very intuitive and easy way to search for information on a particular facility, substance or location is through the online query site.

The online query site also includes tables of data, called predefined queries, which provide a quick and easy way to find information on a particular topic, such as data by province, industry type and substance.

The NPRI publishes its data for the most recent year in a map layer format that can be used with Google Earth or other virtual globe softwares. This allows users to “explore” NPRI data in an intuitive and visual way and to find recent data about facilities in your city, near your house or anywhere in Canada.

Data is also available for download in various file formats, such as .csv, Excel and Access. These files can be used to create custom analysis and look at data over time.

What can the NPRI data show us?

NPRI data can be used and analyzed for many different purposes. Examples of analysis that can be done using NPRI data include finding pollutant releases, disposals and transfers for the last reporting year and trends over time, defining pollutant profiles of industrial sectors, and pollutant profiles by province or by city. It also allows users to find pollutant releases, disposals and transfers near their house or what kind of pollution prevention activities are facilities doing. 

The NPRI also publishes a summary report on its web site every year, which provides users with an overall analysis of NPRI data.

Can the NPRI requirement be changed?

Anyone can propose changes to the NPRI reporting requirements.

Example of possible changes include: additions of new substances, deletions of listed substances, and changes to reporting thresholds.

Proposed changes are evaluated against a set of criteria as outlined in the Process for proposing and considering changes to the NPRI.

Any proposed changes also undergo consultation with the NPRI Multi-Stakeholder Work Group and are posted on the NPRI website for a public comment period.

More information on how changes are made to the NPRI is available on the NPRI website.

How the NPRI requirements changed overtime

Since the start of the NPRI, the program has expanded to better meet the needs of data users.

As shown by the red line in the graph, over 150 substances have been added to the initial list, including toxic substances and air pollutants.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has also increased the number of facilities required to report by making stricter reporting requirements and by removing certain exemptions.  The blue line on the graph shows the number of facilities that have been reporting to the NPRI each year.

It is important to consider these changes to reporting requirements when analyzing NPRI data.

Contact the NPRI

We hope that this video has provided you with a good introduction to the National Pollutant Release Inventory.

Please contact the NPRI via phone or email if you have questions or require any assistance.

Thank you.

What has changed for the 2016-2017 reporting year?

 

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Hello, and welcome to the tutorial on the changes to the National Pollutant Release Inventory or NPRI’s reporting requirements for the 2016 and 2017 reporting years.

First we will go through the changes and where to find them on our website, followed by an online demonstration of the changes in the Single Window online reporting system.

The changes to the NPRI for the 2016 and 2017 reporting years were published in the Canada Gazette notice on February 27, 2016. You can view the Gazette notice on the NPRI website under the Legal Requirements section under the NPRI Homepage at the following link.  The rationale for these changes can be found under the Consultations section also under the NPRI Homepage.

We will now go through the changes to the requirements.

The mass threshold for cobalt (and its compounds) has been reduced from 10 tonnes to 50 kilograms, and the concentration threshold has been reduced from 1% to 0.1%.

Twenty-one substances have been removed from the Part 1, Group A list. NPRI reporting requirements no longer apply to these substances and as a result, these substances can no longer be reported as of the 2016 reporting year.

There has been a change in reporting for water releases. If you report a direct discharge to surface waters, more information will be required in the online system to add context to the release.  Additional information on concentration and method detection limits for tailings and waste rock may also be required.
There were few changes to the online system for the 2016 and 2017 reporting year. The main changes are the ones related to the substance deletions and threshold changes as seen in this presentation. One important thing to note is that if you use the prepopulation function and have one of the substances that changed thresholds, then the units must be checked. The system does not automatically change the value even though it changes the unit. This will be shown in the upcoming presentation.

This is the Single Window Information Manager homepage or SWIM for short. To learn how to access the SWIM homepage, please visit our tutorial on how to Sign in and navigate the Single Window Information Manager. 

Click National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) and Partners to continue.

This takes you to the Reporting Dashboard screen.

I will prepopulate a report from 2015 that had some of the substances that changed for the 2016/2017 reporting year.  Make sure you have your company selected from the first drop-down list, the report year in the second drop-down list, and Inventory in the third drop down-list.

Click prepopulation at the bottom of the screen.  You will now be on the Find Facility screen, where all the facilities that you have access to are displayed.  Select the 2015 Inventory report you want to use to create a prepopulated report by clicking the plus icon to the right of the facility name.
This creates a report on your dashboard screen for that facility. Open the report and begin editing by clicking on the Edit or pencil icon to the right of the facility name.

Go through each screen and make updates as you go, clicking Save/Continue to navigate.

This is the substance list. If the previous report contained any of the substances that were removed for 2016 and 2017, they will no longer appear on the list. I am now going to edit cobalt –the substance that changed threshold in 2016 and 2017. Click the Edit or pencil icon to the right of the substance name.
On the Substance Reporting Status screen, ensure Yes is selected from the drop-down list to say the substance is reportable and click Save/Continue.
Answer ‘yes’ to the questions “Is the facility required to report on disposals of tailings and waste rock for the selected reporting period?” on the general information screen to activate those sections and view the 2016/17 changes. Click Save/Continue.

Notice on the releases screen that the value entered in tonnes in the previous year for cobalt is still the same, yet the units say kg.  Ensure you update the data value to reflect the unit that is on the screen.

Click Edit to the right to update the value.

On the data entry screen, update the value to reflect the correct unit. Then click Save and Return.

Now go through the changes to the releases to water bodies. Scroll down the page to the Releases to water bodies section and click Edit beside Direct Discharges. You will see a series of new fields on this screen. These new fields are only mandatory if you use one of the following bases of estimate: M1 – Continuous Emission Monitoring, M2 – Predictive Emission Monitoring or M3 - Source Testing.

If you select one of these bases of estimate, enter your release value in the quantity field and then fill out the Average annual concentration field,
the Information on Sampling and Detection Limits for Release field, answer the question about the quantity reported, and lastly, the information about the method detection limit or limits that were used.

Clicking Save and Return on the screen will tell you if you are missing any information. When done, click Save and Return to go back to the On-site Releases screen. Now click Save/Continue to go to the Disposals screen Scroll down to the Tailings and Waste Rock section to see the 3 new fields to fill in: Was the quantity reported above estimated using half the detection limit or MDL, the checkbox indicating more than one MDL applies, and the field for providing the MDL. When you have filled out the information, click Save/Continue Complete the report by updating the recycling screen and clicking Save/Continue.

Lastly, click on Pollution Prevention on the left menu and update this screen. Click Save/Continue to return to the Reporting Dashboard.

You are now ready to submit your report.

I recommend viewing a summary of your data before submitting by clicking on the drop-down list to the right of the facility name and clicking Summary Report. This way, you can see if any of your data looks incorrect or if you forgot to add or remove a substance.  Pay close attention to the units, especially for cobalt, as the threshold has changed.  You can also print a full report from this screen. Click Back to go back to the Reporting Dashboard.

Let’s submit this report. Click on the drop-down list to the right of the facility name and click Submit.

Now click once on the electronic certification check box. Then click Save/Continue. Finally click Ok to return to the Reporting Dashboard screen.
This concludes the tutorial on changes to the NPRI’s reporting requirements for the 2016 and 2017 reporting years. If you have any questions, please contact the NPRI. You can get the contact information for NPRI and partners from the Help option on the top menu bar, and clicking Contact NPRI.

How to log in and navigate the Single Window reporting system

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Hello and welcome to the tutorial on how to Sign in and navigate the Single Window Information Manager.

This is the Single Window Information Manager or SWIM for short. You can access SWIM by typing https://ec.ss.ec.gc.ca in your web browser.  Select your language of choice to begin.

You must choose a sign in method. You can sign in using your online banking information by clicking on Continue to Sign-In Partner or you can log in using a GCKey user ID and password that you will create if you haven’t already created an account. Both Sign-In methods provide a secure way of accessing SWIM and your facility data. We will first look at how to sign in using a Sign-In Partner and then we will look at how to sign in using GCKey.

Click on Continue to Sign-In Partner. Then choose the online banking institution or Sign-In Partner that you want to sign in with and follow the instructions you would normally do when signing in through online banking.

Click on the Back arrow of your browser to return to Sign-In page.  Now we will view the GCKey option. Click on Continue to GCKey.

If you have never created a GCKey account or forgot your GCKey Username, click Sign up and follow the instructions to create a new username and password.  Or if you simply forgot your password, click on Forgot your password? to create a new password after responding to a series of recovery questions.  If you know your GCKey username and password, enter it on this screen and click Sign In.

After you successfully sign in, click Continue to proceed to the SWIM homepage.

From the SWIM homepage, you can access different reporting programs and use the left menu to perform a series of action.

First, click on My Profile from the left menu and ensure the information is up to date. Review and edit the information, and remember to ensure that your email address is current.  Make sure to click Save after edits have been made.

Next, click on Organizations on the left menu to view the companies you have access to. If you do not see your company listed and need to gain access, you can request access by someone from the company who is able to grant you access.  If no one from your company can grant you access or you don’t know who to contact from your company, click Request Access on the left menu to request access from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

On the Request Access screen, select the program to which you need access. We will select the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) and Partners link.

Select the role that you require. You can read the description beside each role on this page to see the differences between them. We will choose the Reporting Lead – All Facilities.

Search for your organization, then click on its name to send a request to Environment and Climate Change Canada and you will receive a response within 3 business days, often within the same day during the busy reporting period between March and June.
If the company is not in the system, you will need to add it. Click Organizations on the left menu and then click Add a New Organization at the bottom of the screen.

This will prompt you to search for your company’s name. Type in your company’s name in the Organization field or your Business Number and then click Search. If your company’s name does not appear after the screen refreshes, click Add a new Organization again at the bottom of the screen.

Enter the company information on this screen and click Save.

Your company will now appear on the Organization page. Click on the Organization name to expand the Organizations options on the left menu. The expanded options under your company name are Contacts, Parent Organizations, Manage Access and Facilities.

Click on Contacts to add people who are not and will not likely be users of SWIM. These are people who you will be naming as contacts within the report itself, but who are not going to be coming in this system. Only add people here if they will not have their own GCKey account.

Click on Parent Organizations to enter information about parent companies, if applicable.

Click on Manage Access to edit access to your organization and/or facilities. It is only available if you have a reporting lead role. You can review all of the users who have access to your organization and which facilities and permission they have. If you wish to delete a user because they are no longer linked to your organization, select the check box next to their name and click Delete all selected.  Also, if you want to grant access to a new user, click Grant Access and follow the steps to create and send them an ECCC key.

Click Facilities to view the facilities that are linked to your organization.  If the facility name is underlined, then you have access to it and can click on the name to edit the facility information if necessary. If it is not underlined then you do not have access and therefore cannot edit the facility information.
You can also add a new facility by clicking Add a New Facility at the bottom of the screen.

Select one of your facilities.

You will now see the facility details along with 2 more options on the left menu: Identifiers and Stacks. First, on this screen you will notice there are 3 different address tabs: Mailing Address, Physical Address and Geographical Address. Ensure all three tabs are populated.
Then click on the Identifiers option on the left menu.

You will see 3 tabs here: NAICS Code, Identifiers, and Permits.  The NAICS is the North American Industrial Classification System Code and must be entered for your facility. You can enter more than one if applicable. Choose by using the search icon and save.
Now click on the Identifiers tab.

Click on the Type of Identifier dropdown list and select any applicable Identifier descriptions for your facility.  Then enter the Identifier number in the blank field and click Add Identifier.  Add any additional identifiers by repeating these steps. 

Now click on the Permits tab.

Enter any issuing agencies and permit numbers that you are required to report under and then click Add Permit to save.

Now click on Stacks on the left menu.

You may be required to report air releases from stacks greater than 50 m above grade. If you have any of these stacks at your facility, click on Add a new stack and fill in the information.  Then click Save.  Repeat these steps to add additional stacks. The stack information will show up in the air releases section of the NPRI reporting module.  You may also delete a stack that no longer exists or is no longer operational by clicking on the check box next to the stack and clicking on Delete all selected.

Now click on Home on the left menu

We have now reviewed all of the information in SWIM. If you need further help with SWIM, click Guidance from the left menu to get further assistance, including step-by-step instructions on how to perform actions in SWIM.

This concludes our tutorial on using the Single Window Information Manager website.

How to create and submit an NPRI report using a previous year's report

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Hello and welcome to the tutorial on how to create and submit a report to the National Pollutant Release Inventory or NPRI using a previously submitted report

This is the Single Window Information Manager homepage or SWIM for short. To learn how to access the SWIM homepage, please visit our tutorial on how to Sign in and navigate the Single Window Information Manager. 

Click National Pollutant Release Inventory and Partners to continue. 

This takes you to the Reporting Dashboard screen.

You can file an inventory report by either clicking on “Add New Report” on the bottom of this screen or on the plus icon.  You can also file an inventory report by using a previously submitted report or by “prepopulating” a new report. We will use the Prepopulation function to submit our report. Ensure you have your company selected, the report year you want to submit for, and the Inventory report type. In order to ensure that you haven’t already started a report for this facility for the year that you want to report, click the search button to the right to bring up all in-progress and submitted NPRI reports. When the list is returned and you don’t see an in-progress or already submitted report, you can begin to create a prepopulated report by clicking on Prepopulation on the bottom of the screen to view the previously submitted reports for this facility.

Search for the submitted report that you want to use to prepopulate your new report.  Use the most recent report. Select the report you want to use by clicking the add icon to the right of the facility name.

This takes us back to the Reporting Dashboard where you can see that a prepopulated report has been created for your desired report year. When you are ready to edit the report, click the Edit icon on the right hand action menu to go into the report.

Each screen will have the previously submitted information on it. On the applicable programs screen, you can add programs but you cannot remove them. If you need to remove a program, you will have to return to the dashboard, delete the newly prepopulated report from the drop-down arrow and then add a new report that is not prepopulated. To continue editing the prepopulated report click Save/Continue to navigate to the next page. Notice that the orange exclamation marks on the left menu change to green check marks as we navigate through the screens.

Update your facility contacts on the Contacts screen. Once finished, click Save/Continue

Next, review and adjust the number of full-time employees and the activities that are done at the facility and again click Save/Continue.
On the General Facility Information screen, read each question as your answers may have changed from the previous year. In our case it is no longer the first year reporting so we need to edit that answer. If you intend on reporting criteria air contaminants, answer yes to the fourth question and answer the related information. Click Save/Continue once you are finished.

You must now validate the information on the “Verify Facility Information” screen. This is information pulled from SWIM and matches some of the questions answered on the “General Facility Information” screen. If you added any information in SWIM, you need to click on Refresh from SWIM to get that information to show up on this screen. Click on Validate to let you know if there are any errors or missing information on the page. Click directly on the error message text to bring you to the error where you can make your corrections. Then click Save/Continue.

This is the substance list screen. In this case, last year’s report contained one substance. Add an additional substance by either clicking on the add icon on the right hand side of the screen or the Add New button below the table.

You can search for a substance in a variety of ways, such as by Programs, Substance Part, CAS RN#, or Substance Name. Then click on the search icon.  Once you have found your substance, add it to the list by clicking the Add icon. Note that if the substance is already on the substance list, then it won’t appear on the Substance Search screen. You can also delete a substance by clicking on the drop-down list to the right of the substance name and clicking on Delete. Select yes to the pop-up warning if you are certain you want to delete the substance.

You must now go through each substance and update the information. Let’s start with mercury by clicking the Edit icon.

The Substance Reporting Status screen may have more questions if you added programs on the Applicable Programs screen. Answer each question carefully before moving on. If you did not meet the criteria for reporting a substance but wished to report it voluntarily, select No on this screen to indicate voluntary reporting.  If you did meet the legal requirements then say Yes on this screen.  Continue by clicking Save/Continue.

Again, ensure that you select the correct answer to each question on the General Information about the Substance screen. This will activate further pages for completion. For example, if you say No to the recycling question, you will not see the recycling screen to enter data. Once finished, click Save/Continue.
This is the On-Site Releases screen, where you enter data about emissions or on-site releases such as releases to air, water or land at the facility. Values are updated by clicking Edit on the right hand side of the category. Note that this facility reported 55 kilograms the previous year.  Click Edit to update the value. Enter the updated value and update the Basis of Estimate if needed.  Once finished, click Save and Return. 

Now scroll through the rest of the screen to ensure all of the information is up to date for the reporting year. Click Save/Continue.

Next, proceed to the disposals screen where you can enter data on transfers on-site and off-site and update any data.  Click Save/Continue.

Next, go to the recycling screen where you again must update the information. Once finished, click Save/Continue to be brought back to the Substance List screen.  From this screen, you can see any substances that still need to be reviewed and updated when the Report Status column indicates the status as New or In Progress.  A Completed status indicates that we have reviewed all of the screens for that substance.

You can run an error check on the entire report by clicking Validate on the Substance List screen. The system indicates that the Pollution Prevention screen has not been completed. In addition, the left menu indicates that the Reasons for adding or removing substances screen still needs to be completed. Access these using the left menu. First, navigate to the Reasons for adding or removing substances screen.

This screen requires you to provide reasons as to why you are adding or removing substances relative to the previous year. The information provided here is used by Environment and Climate Change Canada as part of its quality control exercise. Enter the reasons for adding this substance, if applicable. Next, click Save/Continue.  Now click on the Pollution Prevention option from the left menu.

Update this information and click Save/Continue.

Once all of the screens in the report are complete, the system navigates back to the Reporting Dashboard screen and  the report status is “Ready to Submit”. Click on the drop-down list to the right of the facility report to see the actions available for this report. In this case, we can edit the report if we want to make further changes, delete the report, submit the report, view a summary of the report or generate a report for printing. You can submit the report by clicking on Submit.

Click once on the electronic certification check box. Then click Save/Continue. Finally, click Ok to return to the Reporting Dashboard screen.
Now you will see the submitted report with the date and time the report was submitted. If you need to go back and update the report, click on the drop-down list and choose Update or Update (deletes existing data) to start from a blank report.

This concludes the tutorial on how to create and submit a report to the NPRI using a previously submitted report. If you have any questions, please contact the NPRI. You can get the contact information for NPRI and partners from the Help option on the top menu bar, and clicking Contact NPRI.

What is a Does Not Meet Criteria (DNMC) report and how to submit one to the NPRI

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Hello and welcome to the tutorial on what is a “Does not meet criteria”, or DNMC report, and how to submit one to the National Pollutant Release Inventory or NPRI using the Single Window system.

A “Does Not Meet Criteria” report lets the NPRI know that your facility did not meet the reporting requirements for the calendar year.

The DNMC report must be submitted online through the Single Window system. A DNMC report does not need to be submitted if an inventory report has never been submitted for a facility. This type of report is only required if a regular inventory report was submitted for the previous reporting cycle. Once a DNMC report is submitted, there is no requirement to submit one for subsequent years.  The owner or operator must simply check the reporting requirements annually to see if they need to submit an inventory report again.

We will now look at how to create and submit a DNMC report online.

This is the Single Window Information Manager homepage or SWIM for short. To learn how to access the SWIM homepage, please visit our tutorial on how to Sign in and navigate the Single Window Information Manager. 

Select National Pollutant Release Inventory and Partners to continue. 

This takes you to the Reporting Dashboard screen.

Before filing a DNMC report, make sure you have your company selected from the first drop-down menu, the report year in the second drop-down list, and DNMC in the third drop-down list. Click the search icon on the right of the screen to bring up a list of all in-progress or submitted DNMC report types for your company. If the desired facility’s DNMC report is not on the list, click “Add New Report” from the bottom to choose your facility.

You will now be on the Find facility screen, where all the facilities that you have access to are displayed. Select the facility for which you want to file a DNMC report by clicking the plus icon to the right of the facility name.

This creates a report on your dashboard screen for that facility. Open the report and begin editing by clicking on the Edit or pencil icon to the right of the facility name.

This will take you to the Applicable Programs screen. First, select the programs to which you want to send the DNMC report and click Save/Continue. The system will prompt you with a pop-up window, warning you that programs cannot be removed later. Select Yes to continue.

This takes you to the “Facility does not meet reporting criteria” screen.  Enter the reason why the reporting criteria were not met for the reporting year in the provided comment field; provide as much detail as possible. Click Save/Continue.

On the “Contacts” screen you must select the appropriate name for each contact type by using the drop-down menus beside each one. If you need to add a name that doesn’t appear on the drop-down list, return to SWIM by clicking on the SWIM button at the top left of the screen, and add the contact under the organization. Once you have selected all the contacts, click Save/Continue.

Next is the “Verify Facility Information” screen. If you click Validate at the bottom of the screen, the system will tell you if you have any errors on this screen and list them at the top. Clicking directly on the text will bring you to the error, where you can make your corrections. Click Validate again to ensure you have fixed all errors. Then click Save/Continue to save the changes and move ahead.

Once the DNMC is complete, you will be taken back to the “Reporting Dashboard” screen where you can perform a series of actions and submit your report. You can perform these actions by clicking on the drop-down list to the right of the facility name. You can edit the report if you want to go back and make changes, delete the report, submit the report, or generate a report for printing. Continue to submit the report by clicking on the word Submit.
You will be taken to the “Report Submission and Electronic Certification” screen. Select the check box for the electronic certification. Then click Save/Continue to complete the submission. Click OK from the pop-up window to return to the dashboard.

You will now see the submitted report with the date and time stamp on the dashboard screen. If you expand the white arrow beside the facility name, you can see more details about the facility, including the date that the report was submitted. You will also notice from the action drop-down list that your options have changed. You can now update the report, generate a report for printing, print a Statement of certification, or view the submission history.

This concludes the tutorial on what is a DNMC report and how to submit one to the NPRI. If you have any questions, please contact the NPRI. You can get the contact information for NPRI and partners by clicking on the Help option from the top menu bar, and clicking Contact NPRI.

What is a Notification of Sale, Closure, or Purchase report and how to submit one to the NPRI

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Hello and welcome to the tutorial on what is a Sale, Close or Purchase report and how to submit one to the National Pollutant Release Inventory or NPRI using the Single Window system.

If a facility closed, was sold or purchased during the reporting year, the owner or operator is required to notify Environment and Climate Change Canada. For a facility’s closure, enter the date of closure and verify whether or not reporting requirements were met for the portion of the year that the facility was in operation. Then the owner or operator should submit either an inventory report or a DNMC – does not meet criteria report. See the tutorial for How to file a DNMC report for details.

For a sale or purchase, the sale or purchase date is requested, along with information on the old and new facility owners. The person responsible for submitting the NPRI report for the reporting year is the owner or operator as of December 31 of that year. This notification can be done through the Single Window system, which I will now demonstrate.

This is the Single Window Information Manager homepage or SWIM for short. To learn how to access the SWIM homepage, please visit our tutorial on how to Sign in and navigate the Single Window Information Manager. 

Click National Pollutant Release Inventory and Partners to continue. 

This takes you to the Reporting Dashboard screen.

To file a Sale, Close or Purchase report, ensure you have your company selected, the report year, and the Sale, Close or Purchase option from the Report Category drop-down list. Click Add New Report from the bottom to choose your facility.

You will now be on the Find Facility screen, where all the facilities that you have access to are displayed. Select the facility for which you want to file a Sale, Close or Purchase report by clicking the plus icon to the right of the facility name.

This creates a report on the Reporting Dashboard screen for that facility. Open the report to begin editing by clicking on the Edit or pencil icon to the right of the facility name.

This takes you to the Sale, Close or Purchase screen. First, you must select the appropriate radio button to indicate whether you are submitting a Sale, Close or Purchase report. Then enter the date where the Sale, Close or Purchase came into effect.

For a Sale or Purchase report, you must enter the information about the previous owner and the new owner in the fields provided. You must also, answer the questions at the bottom of the screen concerning releasing NPRI records and the last year of known reporting to the NPRI.

For a Closure report, you are only required to enter the effective date.

Once you have completed all the details on this screen, click Validate and correct any displayed errors.  When finished, click Save/Continue.
This will return you to the Reporting Dashboard screen where you can perform a series of actions and submit your report. If you click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the facility report, you will see the actions available for this report. In this case, we can edit the report if you want to make changes, delete the report, submit the report, or generate a report for printing. We will now continue to submit the report by clicking on the Submit.

This takes you to the Report Submission and Electronic Certification screen. Select the check box for the electronic certification, then click Save/Continue to complete the submission. Click OK to return to the Reporting Dashboard screen.

Now you will see the submitted report with the date and time the report was submitted. If you need to go back and make further changes to the report, click Update.

This concludes the tutorial on what is a Sale, Close or Purchase report. If you have any questions, please contact the NPRI. You can get the contact information for NPRI and partners by clicking on the Help option from the top menu bar, and clicking Contact NPRI.

How to validate, submit, print, and update NPRI reports

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Hello and welcome to the tutorial on how to validate, submit, print and update a report to the National Pollutant Release Inventory or NPRI using the Single Window system.

This is the Single Window Information Manager homepage or SWIM for short. To learn how to access the SWIM homepage, please visit our tutorial on how to Sign in and navigate SWIM.

Click National Pollutant Release Inventory and Partners to continue.

This takes you to the Reporting Dashboard screen.

You can see the completion status of any report you created at any time from this screen. If you have a report status of In-Progress then you must complete all of the screens in the report in order to be able to submit it. The report status must say “Ready to Submit” in order to proceed to the Submission screen. If you have an In-Progress report but don’t know where your errors are, you can check where the errors are by going into the report.

Open the report and begin editing by clicking on the Edit or pencil icon to the right of the facility name.

This will take you to the Applicable programs screen.  Navigate to the Substance List screen by selecting it from the left menu.

You can tell where the errors in the report are by clicking Validate on the Substance List screen. This runs an error check on the entire report. In this case we find incomplete pollution prevention screens and one or more substance reports not being completed.

If you look at the Report Status in the Substances table, you can see which substance needs to be completed. Ensure that your Programs and Report Status filters are set to “All” to ensure that all substances are showing. A substance that has not been completed will have the status listed as In Progress.  Click Edit or the pencil icon on the right-hand side to complete all the information for this substance.

The left menu is now expanded again and you can see the screen with the  error as it will have an orange exclamation mark in the left menu. Click on it to go directly to that screen.

If you click Validate on the bottom of the screen, the errors will pop up at the top. You can click on them one at a time to go directly to that section on the screen. In this case, the on-site releases screen is missing the breakdown of annual releases and the reasons for changes in quantities released from the previous year. Make the selections and click Validate again to ensure you have saved all of the changes on this screen. Once you have corrected the errors, you will see a green check mark on the left menu for that screen. Then click Save/Continue.

Click on the Substance List screen from the left menu and click Validate again. The Pollution Prevention section on the left menu still has an orange exclamation mark. Click on this section.

Ensure to fully complete the Pollution Prevention screen. 

Click Save/Continue to return to the Reporting Dashboard screen.

Now you should see a status of “Ready to Submit”. If you have more than one report that is ready to submit, you can select “Submit in Batch” from the bottom left of the dashboard.  Select Submit from the action drop-down menu to proceed to the Report Submission and Electronic Certification screen.
The Report Submission and Electronic Certification screen requires you to select the authorization checkbox, and if you are doing a batch submission, selecting the multiple reports to submit. Then click Save/Continue to complete the submission. Click OK to return to the Reporting Dashboard screen.

Now you will see the submitted report with date and time the report was submitted. 

Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the facility report.   The action items have now changed. You can update the report, print a summary report or generate a full report, print a statement of certification and see the history of submission.

If you forgot to include something or need to make changes to the submitted report, select Update from the action menu. You would only select the option of Update - deletes existing data if you want to erase all of the data to start from a blank report. Most users simply want to make updates to the existing data. Do this by selecting Update.

You will first be required to provide a reason why you are making the update.  Then click Save/Continue to go into the report. Then make your edits in the report, clicking Save/Continue throughout. Once you are finished click Reporting Dashboard on the top left menu.

After an update has been made, you will see that you have to resubmit the report. If you click the white arrow before the facility name, the information will expand, and you will be able to see the report has been submitted once in the past. You can also see these details by clicking on the drop-down arrow and selecting History.

Now click Submit. Check the authorization box and then click Save/Continue to re-submit the report. Click OK to return to the Reporting Dashboard screen.

Now, if you expand the white arrow again, you can see the report has been submitted twice.

To print a summary from the Reporting Dashboard, click on the drop-down arrow and select Summary Report.

You can print the summary by clicking Export from the bottom left of the screen in order to export a summary of the report to pdf, and then printing the pdf.

Click Back to return to the Reporting Dashboard screen and if you wish to print a full report, click on the drop-down arrow and select Generate Report.

This concludes the tutorial on how to validate, submit, print and update a report to the NPRI. If you have any questions, please contact the NPRI.  You can get the contact information for NPRI and partners by clicking on the Help option from the top menu bar, and clicking Contact NPRI.

How to report for the Part 4 and Part 5 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

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Hello and welcome to the tutorial on how to report for the Part 4 and Part 5 Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs from all sources and stacks to the National Pollutant Release Inventory or NPRI using the Single Window system.

This is the Single Window Information Manager homepage or SWIM for short. To learn how to access the SWIM homepage, please visit our tutorial on how to Sign in and navigate SWIM.

Click National Pollutant Release Inventory and Partners to continue.

This takes you to the Reporting Dashboard screen. Open the report and begin editing by clicking on the Edit or pencil icon to the right of the facility name.
Click on the Substance List item on the left menu. This takes you to the list of substances you have chosen for your report.  If you do not have “Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)” on your substance list already, then you need to add it. Click the plus sign on the right of the screen to go to the Substance Search page.

You can search by Programs, Substance Part, C-A-S Registry Number or Substance Name.  We will search by Substance name. Type “volatile” into the search field under Substance Name and click the filter icon to the right. When you see “Volatile Organic Compounds” in the search results, click the Add row icon to the right of it and this will add it to your substance list and return you to the Substance List screen. Please note that Part 5 Speciated VOCs are only required to be reported to the NPRI if you meet the 10-tonne release threshold for Part 4 Total VOCs. Therefore the Part 5 Speciated VOC list is not available from the previous Substance Search screen.

Once you have added VOCs, continue into the report by clicking Edit Selected Substance to the right.

From the drop-down menu, select Yes if the substance meets the criteria for reporting to the NPRI or No if you are voluntarily reporting.  You can also add any general comments about this substance in the Comments box provided. Click Save/Continue.

On the General Information about the Substance screen, if you met the one-tonne release threshold or stack release threshold for any of the Part 5 Speciated VOCs, select the checkbox on this screen to activate the Part 5 Speciated VOC list. You can leave the box unchecked if you did not meet any release thresholds for the Part 5 Speciated VOCs. Click Save/Continue.

On the On-site Releases screen, you report all Part 4 total VOC releases from the entire facility in the first 5 categories.  Let’s say you had 50 tonnes of total VOC releases from all stacks at your facility, and you had 25 tonnes of total VOCs releases from fugitive sources at your facility.

You would first enter the fugitive releases data by clicking on edit to the right of that category. This opens up the onsite releases/disposals page.   Select the basis of estimate used for the calculations. Then enter the quantity in the quantity field. When you are done, click Save and Return.

You will now see the value on the main On-site Releases screen. To enter the stack data, click edit to the right of the stack category.

Again, select the basis of estimate used for the calculation. Then enter the total Part 4 VOC release quantity:  this is the total for Part 4 VOCs from the entire facility from all stacks.

If you have a stack 50 metres or more above grade, then you must report the Part 4 VOCs from that stack separately on this screen.  Go to the section called Stacks (greater than 50 metres) and ensure you have entered the information about the 50 metre stack in SWIM, so that it shows up on this screen. If you have not entered that information in SWIM, you can visit our tutorial on how to Sign in and navigate SWIM to learn how.  To enter the data for it, click Edit from the right drop-down menu.

At the top of the screen enter your Part 4 VOCs that came from this stack alone. Let’s say that of the 50 total VOCs at the whole facility from stacks, 10 tonnes came from this stack.

The next part of stack reporting is Part 5 Speciated VOCs. In this example you have 10 tonnes of all VOCs coming from this stack. From those 10 tonnes, let’s enter 2 tonnes of 1,2,4 trimethylbenzene and 3 tonnes of 1,3 butadiene in the quantity fields beside those substances. Then click Save and Return to go back to the stack screen.

I have completed my Speciated VOC reporting for this 50-metre stack only. Now click Save and Return to go back to the main On-site Releases screen.
Now there is data in the Stack or Point Releases field, the Fugitive Releases field and the Other Sources – Speciated VOCs field. The Other Sources – Speciated VOCs field is where you enter data for Part 5 Speciated VOCs that were released at your facility that did NOT come from the 50 metre stack.
So let’s say you had 5 tonnes of Speciated VOCs from fugitive releases and 5 tonnes of Speciated VOCs from stacks or point sources less than 50 metres.  To enter this data, select Edit in the Other Sources – Speciated VOCs category to go to the VOC Breakdown screen

Enter the values for Speciated VOCs in the quantity fields. 

When you are finished click Save and Return.

Once completed, click Save/Continue.

This concludes the tutorial on how to report for the Part 4 and Part 5 VOCs from all sources and stacks to the NPRI. If you have any questions, please contact the NPRI.  You can get the contact information for NPRI and partners by clicking on the Help option from the top menu bar, and clicking Contact NPRI.

How to use the NPRI query site

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Hello, and welcome to the video tutorial for the NPRI query site. This demonstration will provide an overview of how to access and use this tool to obtain information reported by facilities to the NPRI, as well as some high level summaries of the data.

The NPRI includes information collected from approximately 7,500 facilities across Canada on over 300 substances, based on specific criteria for reporting.

There are three options for querying the data: the NPRI data search box; pre-defined queries; and custom queries.

On the right hand side of the NPRI home page is a NPRI data search box, which allows the user to either perform a quick search by facility name or postal code, or enter the query site by selecting ‘More Search Options’.

If you are interested in a particular facility, say from an article in the newspaper, simply type the facility name, click send, and you will be provided with a list of facilities that have a match in the name. If you are interested about a particular location, such as your neighborhood, simply enter the first three digits of the area’s postal code, click send, and the query site will return a list of facilities that are in that area.

Choosing “More Search Options” brings the user to the main query site page. From here, there are two broad options - ‘pre-defined’ queries, which show high level summaries of the NPRI data, and ‘Custom’ queries, which allow the user to select a list of facilities that meet a series of criteria.

There are 4 pre-defined queries for the user to choose - Total On-site releases by substance provides a list of all substances for which facilities reported information on, with total amounts released by all facilities for the 5 most recent years. The information is grouped into Air, water, and land releases, and each of these three media can be jumped to by clicking on the shortcuts available at the top of the page.

Total on-site releases by industrial sector shows each sector, with releases totaled across all substances, and the number of facilities reporting, for the most recent 5 years, sorted alphabetically. The right-most column on the table provides an icon that links to a list of facilities in the sector.

Highest on-site releases by substance shows the ten substances with the highest reported releases for the last five years. The right-most column contains icons that link to lists of facilities that reported releases of that substance.

“Highest on-site releases by province” is the same as the previous table, with added provinces. As before, the right-most column contains icons link to a list of facilities that reported on the substance in the province selected.

Under each table is a link to the NPRI downloadable datasets page. These data sets are available for download in CSV format under ‘Facility data’.

Clicking on “View Custom Query” shows options for creating a list of facilities that meet a specified set of criteria. Criteria include Company or Facility name, Substance, Location and Industry. While a list can be generated with any combination of these criteria selected, care must be taken to not choose two inconsistent selections in the same criteria. For example, choosing a substance by name and then choosing a different substance by CAS number in the same search will return an error message.

As an example, we could select Mercury under substance, Alberta under Province, and Electricity under Key industrial sectors. Clicking ‘Submit’ starts the search.

The search results show the criteria we chose and the number of facilities that met those criteria in 2013. Below is a table with these facilities, and their total releases and transfers. Clicking on a facility will bring us to that facility’s main page.

The facility main page shows information about the facility itself, such as Name, address, and industry. Further down the page we see a summary of the facility’s reported releases, disposals, and transfers for recycling for all substances that it reported on. The summary on reported releases of criteria air contaminants is separate from the main table.

The right hand column contains links to information from environment Canada on several substances, where you can find information on how the government is regulating and monitoring the environmental impacts of this substance.

Clicking on a substance will bring you to the substance report page. This page shows a detailed summary of the facility’s report for one substance, with breakdowns of the releases by source, and Disposals and Recycling broken down by activity. Comments reported by the facility are in a separate Reporter Comments box.

Going back to the facility main page, there is a link under ‘Substance Reports’ called ‘Other Year’s Substance Reports’. This link will take you to a page that shows a multi-year summary of releases and transfer from the facility for all substances. This page allows you to see how quantities reported by this facility have changed over time. Clicking on any of the years will take you to the relevant Substance report page.

In conclusion, the query site is a useful tool for helping you find out information about a particular facility of interest, and it provides some high level summaries in a quick to access format.

There are a number of factors to keep in mind when using and interpreting NPRI data. These can be found in the link “Using and Interpreting NPRI Data” from the Home page.

If you wish to obtain more information about the NPRI, please contact the NPR I by email or by phone, as shown on the “Contact” page.

Thank you for your interest in the NPRI program.

How to use NPRI map layers

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Hello, Welcome to the video tutorial for NPRI data users. This module addresses how to access NPRI data using a map layer for use with virtual globe software such as Google Earth™. First, we will show you how to obtain the files and then do a demo about its content and how to use it.

The NPRI includes information collected each year from approximately 7,500 facilities across Canada on over 300 substances, based on specified criteria for reporting.

The map layer allows visualizing the location of all facilities reporting to the NPRI for a given year, as well as the data reported by each facility. But keep in mind that a facility's "Placemark" may not fall directly on the facility in Google Earth™, due to differences in map projections or errors in a facility’s coordinates.

First, go on the NPRI home page

From there, click on “Pollution Data and Reports”, “NPRI Mapping”, and then “NPRI Map Layers for Use with Google Earth™”.

In order to be able to use this data format, you need to have Google Earth™ or any other virtual globe software that is compatible with .kml or .kmz files installed on your computer. An Internet connection of at least 128 kilobits per second is required to run Google Earth™.

Google Earth can be downloaded for free by clicking on the link “Download Google Earth™”. Follow the instructions in order to install the software.

Once this is done, download the map layer to your computer. The two most recent data years are usually available, in English and in French, as single year files.

To view the map layer, double-click on the file you’ve just downloaded and it will open in Google Earth. You should now see the location of all facilities reporting to the NPRI on the map.

Each color represents a different industrial sector, as shown in the legend on the lower left hand corner.

The file contains two sets of folders: the facilities are grouped by province in one and by industrial sector in the other. You can choose between the two by selecting the province or the industrial sector radio button. If the “Off” radio button is selected, all the NPRI layers are turned off and will not be visible in Google Earth.

In the expanded menu, you have the option to check and uncheck the province when the “By province/territory” radio button is active, or the sectors when the “By selected sectors” radio button is active. This allows you to display facilities in one or many provinces or sectors at a time.

By further expanding the province or the sector folder, you will get a list of facilities in each province or sector, depending on which radio button is activated. You can unselect facilities by unchecking the check boxes and they will not be visible on the map anymore. If you double-click on any facility’s link, a pop-up balloon containing the facility’s releases, disposals and transfers information will be displayed and Google Earth will automatically zoom to this facility’s location.

When hovering on any placemark, the name of the facility will be displayed and when you click on the placemark, a pop-up balloon containing the name of the facility, NPRI ID, as well as a summary of pollutant release, disposals and transfers information for that facility will appear. It also contains a link to this facility’s information page on the NPRI query site, another format in which NPRI data is provided.

To search by name for specific facilities that have reported to the NPRI, type "CTRL+F" and enter the facility's name into the search box at the bottom of the Places panel. In this example, let’s search for Syncrude. Scroll through the facilities containing the specified name by clicking the up and down arrows. Once you found the facility you were looking for, double-click on the facility’s link to view the reported data and zoom in to that specific facility.

Google Earth also allows you to search by location, for example, city, street address, latitude and longitude. By typing the name of a city - for example, Sudbury - in the Search panel and clicking Search, Google Earth will zoom to that city and this will allow you to see all the facilities reporting to the NPRI located in Sudbury. You can also zoom in or out by using the slider at the top right of the map.

Finally, Google Earth has a functionality called Street View, which allows you to go down at street level and see the facility as if you were walking by. Not all areas of Canada have this functionality, but most cities do. You just need to drag and drop the orange icon that is located above the scroll bar on a street that is highlighted in blue. The blue line that appears indicates that Street View is available.

You can access additional information about the NPRI map layer by clicking on the help file in the “Map Layer for Use with Google Earth” web page.

There are a number of factors to keep in mind when using and interpreting NPRI data. These can be found in the link “Using and Interpreting NPRI Data” from the NPRI Home page.

If you wish to obtain more information, please contact the NPRI. Thanks you for your interest in the NPRI program

How to use NPRI Excel tabular data

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Hello, this is a tutorial on how to access the National Pollutant Release Inventory, or NPRI data using the Excel spreadsheet.

First, we will show you where to obtain the Excel spreadsheet. Then, a quick description of the spreadsheet will be shown.And finally, you will see an example of data use.

The NPRI includes information collected each year from approximately 7,500 facilities across Canada on over 300 substances, based on specified criteria for reporting.

To access the NPRI Excel spreadsheet from the NPRI Home page, click on “Pollution Data and Reports” link.

Click on “Downloadable NPRI and Air Pollutant Emissions Datasets” link.

You will find the downloadable Excel files in the top table.

2 years are available: for 2012 and 2013.

When you click on the 2013 file, a pop-up window appears and you will have the option of opening or saving the file on your computer.

The Excel file contains the most commonly used data, such as company information and release quantities.

The fourth row of the spreadsheet lists the headings, starting with the year, NPRI id# and Company and facility information.

If you scroll to the right hand side, you will find geographical data, sector descriptions, and substance names.Each row contains 1 substance report from 1 facility.

Further to the right hand side, for each substance report, you will find quantities reported as releases to air water land and you will also find on-site and off-site transfers for disposal quantities, and finally off-site transfers for recycling quantities.

The Excel spreadsheet is easy to use and is helpful to find or extract data. If you click on the arrow, you have the option of sorting the column alphabetically or numerically, or you can also filter out information in order to find specific data.

For example, if you would like to know who reports air releases in the city of Ottawa, click on the arrow beneath the City Heading, deselect all the city names, and scroll down to Ottawa and select it. You will then notice that the City column now shows a filter which indicates that only Ottawa is selected.

By scrolling to the right, you will find the list of substances reported by facilities in Ottawa along with the quantities released to air, water and land, as well as disposals and transfers for recycling.

If you are further interested in air releases, you can sort them in the Total Air Emissions column, from the Largest to the smallest values, and obtain a sorted view of Total Air releases in the Ottawa area.

Then you may be interested in only viewing air releases of Nitrogen oxides. For this, go to the Substance Name column, deselect all the substance names, scroll down to Nitrogen oxides and select it. You will then obtain a shorter listing of the Ottawa facilities that reported air releases of nitrogen oxides, sorted from the largest to the smallest quantities.

In conclusion, the spreadsheet is user-friendly and allows you to navigate, sort and filter NPRI information depending on your interests, including company names, locations such as city or province, industry sectors, substance names and media such as air/water/land releases, disposals and transfers for recycling.

There are a number of factors to keep in mind when using and interpreting NPRI data. These can be found in the link “Using and Interpreting NPRI Data” from the Home page.

If you wish to obtain more information about the NPRI, please “Contact the NPRI” by email or by phone, as shown on the Contact page.

Thank you for your interest in the NPRI.

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