Process for proposing and considering changes to National Pollutant Release Inventory: chapter 1

1. Introduction

The NPRI is Canada's legislated, publicly-accessible inventory of pollutant releases (to air, water and land), disposals and transfers for recycling. It supports a wide number of environmental initiatives, including pollution prevention and abatement.  More details on the purpose of the NPRI are described on the NPRI website.

The NPRI is one of a number of information gathering tools available to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Keeping in mind the scope of the NPRI, as well as evolving progress and knowledge about pollutants in Canada, there are a variety of potential drivers for changes to the NPRI, including (but not limited to):

This document presents:

The process for proposing and considering changes to  the NPRI has been developed with the assistance of members of the NPRI multi-stakeholder work group and is intended to support the Guidelines for the use of information gathering authorities under Section 46 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). This document is based on, and replaces Modifying the NPRI: A guide to the procedures to follow when submitting proposals and a description of the stakeholder consultation process (2001) and the draft Framework for listing/delisting of substances at an alternate threshold in the NPRI (2008).

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