Regional National Pollutant Release Inventory Fact Sheet
August 22, 2000, Toronto - Information on pollutant releases in Ontario in 1998 based on data in Environment Canada's National Pollutant Release inventory is now available. The Ontario fact sheet, entitled NPRI in Ontario, highlights data reported by Ontario-based facilities. The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is a nation-wide, publicly-accessible database that provides information on 176 substances. Specifically, it provides reported information on releases to air, water, land, underground injection and off-site transfers for disposal and recycling.
Highlights from the Ontario fact sheet include:
- A total of 982 facilities filed 3 672 pollutant reports. Forty-eight per cent of the facilities that reported to NPRI in 1998 were located in Ontario.
- On-site releases by Ontario facilities totaled 63 960 tonnes, representing 40% of total releases across Canada.
- Off-site transfers of NPRI substances for disposal totaled 65 515 tonnes in 1998. This represented 75% of the total transfers for disposal in Canada.
- Off-site transfers for recycling totaled 176 274 tonnes. Ontario contributed 68% of the total transfers for recycling in Canada.
Fact sheets for all regions across Canada are also available on the national NPRI website.
The NPRI program provides Canadians with pollutant release information for particular facilities located within their communities. The NPRI on-line query site provides easy access to local information on pollutant releases simply by typing in a postal code.