Changes to requirements for reporting pollution prevention information to the National Pollutant Release Inventory: Closed consultation

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from May 3, 2019 to June 27, 2019.

We consulted Canadians about changes to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) reporting requirements for pollution prevention information. We proposed to add the requirement to specify which NPRI substances were impacted by pollution prevention plans and activities.

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 proposed to require a linkage between reported pollution prevention activities and specific substances. We sought input on this proposal and on the following questions:

  • what is the best approach to implementing the linkage between NPRI substances and pollution prevention information?
  • how can NPRI collect pollution prevention data in an efficient manner (the consultation document provides one example)?
  • would the proposed linkage of pollution prevention information to specific substances facilitate your use of the NPRI data in analyses?

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The input gathered through this process was used to determine if, beginning in 2020, the NPRI reporting requirements for pollution prevention information would be changed.

  • Idea number one: increase in resources required to report to the NPRI 

    Some stakeholders stated that the proposed changes will increase the amount of effort and time needed to report. The increase in reporting burden outweighs the benefit of collecting the data through NPRI.

  • Idea number two: other mechanisms for collecting data 

    Some stakeholders suggested that the pollution prevention information submitted through Pollution Prevention Planning Notice annual reports and emissions reductions shown in Ontario Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 comparison reports can be used for information on pollution prevention activities, instead of the NPRI.

  • Idea number three: guidance for reporting facilities and data users 

    Environment and Climate Change Canada should develop guidance for the proposed changes in consultation with industry.

  • Idea number four: support for proposed changes 

    Some stakeholders expressed support for the proposed changes.

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