Comment on: Addition of naphthenic acids to the National Pollutant Release Inventory
Current status: Closed
This consultation ran from January 15, 2018 to July 10, 2018.
We consulted Canadians about adding naphthenic acids and their salts to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) beginning in 2020. Naphthenic acids and their salts is a broad category of substances found in oil sands waste.
Who was the focus of this consultation
The Government of Canada engaged with:
- a multi-stakeholder work group (includes representatives from industry associations, environmental non-government organizations, and Indigenous organizations)
- members of the public
Key questions for discussion
We sought ideas and input around the following topics:
- should NPRI add classically defined naphthenic acids (as defined in the consultation document), or should naphthenic acid fraction compounds (NAFCs) be added instead?
- should NPRI restrict the requirement to report naphthenic acids to those facilities involved in the oil sands extraction sector?
The input gathered through this process was used to determine if naphthenic acids and their salts would be added to the NPRI beginning in 2020.
What we heard
- Proposed changes to National Pollutant Release Inventory reporting requirements for 2020-2021 : summary of stakeholder comments and Environment and Climate Change Canada's response
Idea number one: Substance definition and sector requirements
Environment and Climate Change Canada should require reporting of naphthenic acid compounds (not just naphthenic acids) and they should clarify which sectors are required to report..
Idea number two: Reporting thresholds
Some stakeholders stated that the proposed reporting thresholds are too high.
Idea number three: Estimating and analytical methods
Some stakeholders expressed concern regarding the analytical methods recommended and the challenges associated with estimating releases and disposals from oil sands extraction facilities.
Idea number four: Future research
Environment and Climate Change Canada should provide a clear plan and timeline for developing analytical and quantification methods be established.
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