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How to view National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) information using Google Earth™:

  1. Download and save the NPRI Map Layer for use with Google Earth™ to your computer.

  2. Once the file download is complete, open Google Earth™. To view the NPRI data, click on File, then Open, and select the file that you downloaded and saved. You should now see the facilities' locations on the map.

  3. On the Places panel on the left of the Google Earth™ window, you can see a list of the types of information that are available in the file which you have just downloaded. The file contains 2 sets of folders: the facilities are grouped by province in one and by industrial sector in the other.

  4. To see the facilities in a folder, click on the box beside the folder name. The facilities will now be shown on the map with a placemark. If you are viewing the sector layer, the placemark will be coloured according to industrial sector.

  5. To go to a specific location (city, province, territory, etc.), type the location name into the Fly to tab on the Search panel. You can also zoom in or out by using the slider at the top right of the map.

  6. Click on an individual facility name or placemark to see a summary of pollutant release, disposal and transfer information for that facility. To search by name for specific facilities that have reported to the NPRI, type "CTRL+F" and enter the facility's name into the search box that appears.

  7. Google Earth has many different language settings to choose from.  If you would like to use a language other than English for Google Earth™, follow these steps once Google Earth™ is running:
    • From the top menu bar, click on Tools and select Options.
    • A window will open with five tabs across the top;  choose the General tab.
    • Under the heading Language Settings, there is a drop down menu with all of the language options available in Google Earth™.  Choose your language of preference from this list.

  8. When viewing the Provincial map layer, the colour legend for industry sectors may show up in dull colors, making it difficult to distinguish the different industries. If you encounter this problem, follow these steps once Google Earth™ is running:
    • From the top menu bar, click on Tools and select Options.
    • A window will open with five tabs across the top; choose the 3D View tab.
    • Under the heading Texture Colours, uncheck the button next to Compress and click OK.
    • Close and restart Google Earth™: the legend should now appear in full colour.