Proposals for changes to the NPRI

The following are the current and recently completed proposals for changes to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). Changes are considered in accordance with the Process for Proposing and Considering Changes to the NPRI. If you have any comments related to these proposals, please contact the NPRI.

A list of Historical Proposals and Consultations for Changes to the NPRI is available with supporting documentation available upon request.

Current proposals
ProposalPublic Consultation PeriodStatus
Proposal to Modify the Reporting Requirements for Hexavalent Chromium (and its compounds)
(September 2016)
September 29, 2016 to November 30, 2016Consultation open – Submit your comments now

NPRI Oil and Gas Sector Review,Phase II

Scope and Approach
(November 2013)

Planned for spring 2017Sub-group recommendations in progress
Notification of removal of the CAS RN for Vanadium (and its compounds)
(June 2016)
Not applicable – Administrative changeCompleted – Planned for 2018 NPRI notice
Proposal to Modify the Reporting Requirements for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
(June 2016)
June 16, 2016 to September 15, 2016Consultation completed – ECCC considering comments received

Proposal to Add Naphthenic Acids

Overview

Proposal
(November 2010)

NPRI Work Group Recommendations
(June 2012)

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Response
(Updated July 2014)

To be determinedPending additional information

 

Recently Completed Proposals
Proposal and ECCC ResponsePublic Consultation PeriodStatus
Proposal to Lower the Reporting Threshold for Cobalt
(Updated March 2016)

April 17, 2015 to June 26, 2015
Completed – Changes reflected in the NPRI notice for 2016 and 2017
Proposal to Modify the Reporting of Water Releases
(Updated March 2016)
April 17, 2015 to June 26, 2015Completed – Changes reflected in the NPRI notice for 2016 and 2017
Proposed Deletions in Response to the NPRI Substance Review Phase 2
(Updated March 2016)
October 30, 2014 to January 12, 2015Completed – Changes reflected in the NPRI notice for 2016 and 2017

Proposal to Add Ten Substances

Proposal
(April 2012)

Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated July 2015)

Not applicable – Proposal rejected as it did not meet NPRI decision factorsCompleted – no changes made

Proposal to Modify the National Pollutant Release Inventory Reporting Requirements for Hexavalent Chromium and its Compounds

Consultation Document – September 2016

The following is a summary of the proposal. To obtain a copy of the full proposal, please contact the NPRI.

Summary

Commencing with the 2018 reporting year, Environment and Climate Change Canada is proposing to amend the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) reporting requirements for hexavalent chromium (and its compounds) released, disposed, and recycled from the chromium electroplating, chromium anodizing and reverse etching sector. Under current reporting requirements, all facilities in any sector that manufacture, process or otherwise use 50 kg or more of hexavalent chromium per year at a concentration equal to or greater than 0.1% by weight must report their hexavalent chromium releases, disposals and transfers to the NPRI. Facilities also need to meet the employee threshold of 20,000 or greater employee hours (approximately 10 full-time employees) to be required to report.

This proposal seeks to require facilities that are subject to the Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations to report to the NPRI for hexavalent chromium releases, disposals, and recycling, regardless of the number of employee hours and regardless of quantity and concentration. Under the current NPRI requirements, about one third of the facilities subject to the Regulations are required to report. The proposed change will increase the coverage of facilities subject to the Regulations to 100% and allow risk managers to better measure performance of the Regulations and provide more complete information on this substance in the NPRI.

The proposed change is only intended to change the reporting requirements for facilities that are subject to the Regulations and that are below the current NPRI threshold of 50 kg and 20,000 employee hours. In other words, facilities that are currently reporting hexavalent chromium to the NPRI will not be affected by these changes whether they are subject to the Regulations or not.

Consultation on the proposed change is being conducted with the NPRI Multi-stakeholder Work Group from September 29, 2016 to November 30, 2016. The public is also invited to provide comments on this proposal and send them to the NPRI by November 30, 2016.

Comments and recommendations received during consultation will be considered as Environment and Climate Change Canada makes a decision on this proposed change. A summary of comments and recommendations received from the NPRI Work Group and others will be posted on the NPRI website, along with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s response and the decision, once it is available.


Administrative Change to the National Pollutant Release Inventory for Vanadium (and its compounds) – Removal of the Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number

Notification – June 2016

Summary

ECCC will remove the CAS RN from the listing for vanadium (and its compounds, except when in an alloy) starting in 2018 in order to reflect the intention to capture vanadium in compounds and align with the listings for other metal groupings. Facilities can find CAS RNs for vanadium and vanadium compounds in commerce in Canada using the Search Engine for the Results of Domestic Substances List Categorization.

“Vanadium (fume or dust)” with the CAS RN 7440-62-2 was on the NPRI substance list from 1993–2000. In 2001, the substance name was changed to “vanadium (and its compounds, except when in an alloy)” with the same CAS RN. However, since this CAS RN refers to elemental vanadium, it does not reflect the intent of the change since it does not include vanadium compounds. Other metal and metal compounds on the NPRI substance list are listed without specific CAS RNs, in order to reflect the intention to capture the equivalent weight of the metal in compounds, as well as the weight of the pure metal.


Proposed Changes to Reporting Requirements for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Response to the National Pollutant Release Inventory Substance Review

Consultation Document – May 2016

The following is a summary of the proposal. To obtain a copy of the full proposal, please contact the NPRI.

Summary

In order to continually improve the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) and meet both departmental priorities and data user needs, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has been conducting a review of the NPRI substance list. This review involves verifying that the NPRI substance list is complete and relevant, and that reporting thresholds are appropriate for gathering data on pollutant releases in Canada.

Based on the analyses conducted on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on the NPRI substance list as part of this review, ECCC is proposing to

  1. Change the current incidental manufacture and release/transfer mass threshold for Part 2 PAHs to a release/transfer mass threshold. All sources of PAH releases and transfers will have to be reported: intentional and incidental manufacture, processing and otherwise use.
  2. Remove the 5 kg threshold for reporting of individual PAHs in Part 2. The threshold for total PAHs would remain unchanged (50 kg). Once the 50 kg threshold is met, all known quantities of individual listed PAHs would be required to be reported.
  3. Reduce the reporting threshold for anthracene and naphthalene by moving them from Part 1A to Part 2 of the NPRI substance list. In Part 1A, these substances have a mass threshold of 10 tonnes and a concentration threshold of 1%. Moving anthracene and naphthalene to Part 2 will lower the mass threshold and remove the concentration threshold and change the reporting unit from tonnes to kilograms for these two substances.
  4. Change the name of benzo(a)phenanthrene to chrysene. This would change the way this substance is listed to its more common name, but not affect the requirements for this substance.

Overall, the benefits of implementing these changes, in terms of gathering additional information in a format that is more easily used, are expected to outweigh the impacts of the changes. Changing the threshold type for Part 2 PAHs is expected to result in some facilities that already report for PAHs being required to report additional quantities or additional individual PAHs and may result in reporting from certain facilities that were not previously required to report for PAHs, which in turn is expected to improve comprehensiveness of PAH reporting. Although removing the 5 kg threshold for reporting of individual PAHs may result in some additional reporting of PAHs for which quantities are below 5 kg, this will result in reduced complexity of the requirements and is expected to apply only to facilities that are already reporting for one of more individual PAHs and who have already completed the required calculations. The reduced threshold for anthracene and naphthalene with their inclusion in Part 2 is expected to result in additional reporting from facilities on these substances, which will in turn make the data more comprehensive and is also anticipated to have a benefit in making the PAH data more easily used and understood. The change of name for chrysene is not expected to have any impact on reporting, but is anticipated to be of benefit for data users.

Consultation on the proposed changes was being conducted with the NPRI Multi-Stakeholder Work Group from June 16, 2016 to September 15, 2016.

Comments and recommendations received during consultation will be considered as ECCC makes decisions on the proposed changes. A summary of comments and recommendations received from the NPRI Work Group and others will be posted on the NPRI website, with ECCC’s response and the decisions, once they are available.

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