Comment on: Changes to National Pollutant Release Inventory reporting requirements for dioxins, furans, and hexachlorobenzene

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from February 15, 2019 to April 12, 2019.

We consulted Canadians about two changes to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) reporting requirements for dioxins, furans, and hexachlorobenzene, 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 proposed and sought your input on the following two changes to reporting requirements for dioxins, furans, and hexachlorobenzene:

  • the toxic equivalency factors for reporting dioxins and furans will be updated to the 2005 World Health Organization standard
  • the activity “manufacturing of iron using a sintering process” will be expanded to “manufacturing of iron using a sintering or pelletizing process”

Send an email to ec.inrp-npri.ec@canada.ca to request a copy of the full consultation document.

The input gathered through this process was used to determine if, beginning in 2020, the NPRI reporting requirements for dioxins, furans, and hexachlorobenzene would be changed.

  • Idea number one: support for proposed changes 

    Some stakeholders expressed support for the proposed changes, since NPRI requirements should be based on the latest available science.

  • Idea number two: emissions from other sectors and sources 

    Some stakeholders stated that there is potential for emissions of dioxins and furans from other sectors and sources such as the oil and gas industry, waste disposal practices, such as open burning and barrel-burning, and the combustion of PCBs.

  • Idea number three: provincial regulations 

    Some stakeholders stated that facilities may need to manage two different sets of toxic equivalency factors when reporting to provincial regulations and the NPRI.

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Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3
Email: ec.inrp-npri.ec@canada.ca

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