Guide for Reporting to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI), 2016 and 2017

Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)


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Acknowledgments

Prepared by: Shaleen Humphreys

Special thanks to: Anne Monette, Fabienne Lachance, and Jody Rosenberger.

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Disclaimer

Should any inconsistencies be found between this guide and the official Canada Gazette, Part I Notice with respect to substances in the National Pollutant Release Inventory for 2016 and 2017, published on February 27, 2016, the Notice will prevail.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction 

2. Reporting Deadline and Changes to Reporting Requirements 

2.1 Reporting Deadline
2.2 Changes to the Reporting Requirements for 2016 and 2017

3. General Information and Reporting Requirements 

3.1 Introduction
3.2 Process for Reporting to the National Pollutant Release Inventory
3.3 The Canada Gazette Notice – The Legal Basis for the National Pollutant Release Inventory
3.4 Overview of the National Pollutant Release Inventory Reporting Requirements
3.5 Definitions

3.5.1   Facilities
3.5.2   Reporting Thresholds
3.5.3   Releases, Disposals and Transfers

3.6 Facilities to Which the NPRI Reporting Requirements Apply

3.6.1   Employee Threshold
3.6.2   Activities to Which the Employee Threshold Does Not Apply

3.7 Exemptions and Exclusions 

3.7.1   Facilities Exempt from All NPRI Reporting Requirements
3.7.2   Exclusions for All Substances
3.7.3   Activities Exempt from Reporting for Parts 1-3 Substances
3.7.4   Exclusions for Tailings and Waste Rock

3.8 Methods of Estimation 

3.8.1   Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems
3.8.2   Predictive Emission Monitoring
3.8.3   Source Testing
3.8.4   Mass Balance
3.8.5   Site-Specific and Published Emission Factors
3.8.6   Engineering Estimates
3.8.7   Method Detection Limit

3.9 Guidance Documents and Tools 

3.10 General Information to Be Reported 

3.10.1 Contact Information
3.10.2 Facility Information
3.10.3 Pollution Prevention

3.11 Other Requirements 

3.11.1 Statement of Certification
3.11.2 Record Keeping
3.11.3 Other Reports
3.11.4 Voluntary Reports

4.Reporting for Part 1A Substances – Core Substances

4.1 Reporting Criteria for Part 1A Substances

4.1.1   Part 1A Substance Qualifiers

4.2 Calculating the Reporting Threshold for Part 1A Substances

4.2.1   Example of Calculating the Reporting Threshold for Part 1A Substances

4.3 Calculating Releases, Disposals and Transfers for Recycling of Part 1A Substances
4.4 Reporting Releases, Disposals and Transfers for Recycling of Part 1A Substances

5. Reporting for Part 1B Substances - Alternate Threshold Substances 

5.1 Reporting Criteria for Part 1B Substances

5.1.1   Part 1B Substance Qualifiers

5.2 Calculating the Reporting Threshold for Part 1B Substances
5.3 Calculating Releases, Disposals and Transfers for Recycling of Part 1B Substances
5.4 Reporting Releases, Disposals and Transfers for Recycling of Part 1B Substances

6. Reporting for Part 2 Substances – Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons 

6.1 Reporting Criteria for Part 2 Substances
6.2 Calculating the Reporting Threshold for Part 2 Substances
6.3 Reporting Releases, Disposals and Transfers for Recycling of Part 2 Substances

7. Reporting for Part 3 Substances – Dioxins, Furans and Hexachlorobenzene 

7.1 Reporting Criteria for Part 3 Substances

7.1.1   Activities for Which Part 3 Substances Must Be Reported, Regardless of Employee Hours
7.1.2   Activities for Which Part 3 Substances Must Be Reported if the Employee Threshold Is Met

7.2 Reporting Releases, Disposals and Transfers for Recycling of Part 3 Substances

7.2.1   Reporting for Individual or Total Dioxins and Furans

8. Reporting for Part 4 Substances - Criteria Air Contaminants 

8.1 Reporting Criteria for Part 4 Substances

8.1.1   Part 4 Substance Qualifiers

8.2 Calculating Releases of Part 4 Substances
8.3 Reporting Releases of Part 4 Substances

9. Reporting for Part 5 Substances – Speciated Volatile Organic Compounds 

9.1 Reporting Criteria for Part 5 Substances

9.1.1   Part 5 Substance Qualifiers

9.2 Calculating Releases of Part 5 Substances
9.3 Reporting Releases of Part 5 Substances

10. References 


List of Tables

  1. Overview of the National Pollutant Release Inventory Canada Gazette Notice
  2. Overview of National Pollutant Release Inventory Reporting Thresholds
  3. Activities to Which the Employee Threshold Does not Apply
  4. Items not Considered when Reporting to the National Pollutant Release Inventory
  5. Activities not Considered when Reporting Parts 1, 2 and 3 Substances
  6. Facility Information Required to Be Reported to the National Pollutant Release Inventory
  7. Qualifiers for Part 1A Substances
  8. Example of a Threshold Calculation for Part 1A Substances
  9. Concentration and Mass Thresholds for Part 1B Substances
  10. How to Report Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
  11. Activities for Which Reports on Dioxins, Furans and Hexachlorobenzene Are Required
  12. Estimated Level of Quantification for Dioxins, Furans and Hexachlorobenzene
  13. How to Report Dioxins, Furans and Hexachlorobenzene
  14. Toxic Equivalency Factors for Dioxins and Furans
  15. Release Thresholds for Criteria Air Contaminants
  16. Common Sources of Criteria Air Contaminant Emissions
  17. Stack-Specific Release Thresholds for Criteria Air Contaminants
  18. Part 5 Substance Qualifiers

List of Figures

  1. Process for Reporting to the National Pollutant Release Inventory
  2. Categories Reportable to the NPRI
  3. Using the Method Dectection Limit to Report to the NPRI
  4. Reporting for Part 1A Substances
  5. 2.5. Activities to Consider in the Manufacture, Process or Otherwise Use of an NPRI Substance
  6. Reporting for Part 1B Substances
  7. Reporting for Part 2 Substances
  8. Reporting for Part 3 Substances
  9. How to Report Dioxins, Furans and Hexachlorobenzene
  10. Reporting for Part 4 Substances
  11. Particulate Matter Size Fractions
  12. Reporting for Part 5 Substances

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