Comment on: Changes to National Pollutant Release Inventory reporting requirements for air pollutants

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from February 20, 2019 to May 1, 2019.

We consulted Canadians about changes to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) reporting requirements for air pollutants, which would come into effect beginning in 2020.

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:

  • requiring emissions from stacks that are 15 metres tall or higher to be reported
  • requiring emissions from combustion sources to be reported separately from all other sources

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The input gathered through this process were used to determine if, beginning in 2020, the NPRI reporting requirements for air pollutants would be changed.

  • Idea number one: support from Environment and Climate Change Canada needed 

    Environment and Climate Change Canada should provide support for this change, including providing proper guidance documents and ensuring that the online reporting system and bulk upload are functioning properly.

  • Idea number two: rationale for the proposed changes 

    Some stakeholders requested that Environment and Climate Change Canada provide the rationale for some of the proposed changes.

  • Idea number three: reporting challenges 

    Some stakeholders stated that these new requirements will cause challenges and will require more resources to report.

  • Idea number four: suggested modifications 

    Some stakeholders suggested modifications to the reporting requirements such as removing the requirement to report speciated VOCs released from individual stacks.

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