Current and Recent Proposals and Consultations

Any party (person, government or organization) in Canada may submit proposals to Environment and Climate Change Canada for changes to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) program. Environment and Climate Change Canada then consults on changes to the NPRI through various means, including the NPRI Multi-Stakeholder Work Group. Regular teleconferences and meetings are held with this group to discuss NPRI work activities and issues and proposals for modifications.


Proposals for Changes to the NPRI

The following are the proposals that are currently being considered or recently completed by Environment and Climate Change Canada. If you have any comments related to these proposals, please contact the NPRI.

Proposals on which Consultation is Currently Occurring
ProposalRelated DocumentsStatus
Proposal to Modify the Reporting Requirements for Polycyclic Aromatic HydrocarbonsConsultation Document (June 2016)Public comment period closes September 15, 2016

 

Other Proposals/Changes Currently Being Considered
ProposalRelated DocumentsStatus
NPRI Oil and Gas Sector Review

Scope and Approach
(November 2013)

Phase 1

In progress
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)

Pending additional information

 

Recently Completed Proposals
ProposalRelated DocumentsStatus
Proposal to Lower the Reporting Threshold for CobaltConsultation Document and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated March 2016)
Completed - Changes in effect for 2016 reporting*
Proposal to Modify the Reporting of Water ReleasesConsultation Document and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated March 2016)
Completed - Changes in effect for 2016 reporting*
Proposed Deletions in Response to the NPRI Substance Review Phase 2Consultation Document and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated March 2016)
Completed - Changes in effect for 2016 reporting*
Proposal to Add Ten Substances

Proposal
(April 2012)

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

Completed-no changes made
Proposal for Reporting of Pollutant Releases from Hydraulic Fracturing and Solvent-Assisted in situ Bitumen Extraction

Proposal
(June 2011)

Consultation Document and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response

(Updated July 2014)

Completed - Changes in effect for 2014 reporting
Proposal to Add Thallium (and its Compounds) to the NPRI Substance List at an Alternate ThresholdProposal Summary and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated July 2014)
Completed - Changes in effect for 2014 reporting
Proposed Changes in Response to the NPRI Substance ReviewProposal Summary and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated July 2014)
Completed - Changes in effect for 2014 reporting
Proposal to Lower the Reporting Threshold for Acrylonitrile

Proposal and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated July 2014)
Completed - Changes in effect for 2014 reporting
Proposal to Modify the Reporting Requirements for Particulate Matter
Proposal and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated July 2014)
Completed – No changes for 2014 reporting
Proposal to Lower the Reporting Threshold for Toluene Diisocyanates
Proposal and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated July 2014)
Completed – Changes in effect for 2014 reporting
Proposal to Modify the Reporting Requirements for Total Reduced Sulphur
Proposal and Environment and Climate Change Canada's Response
(Updated July 2014)
Completed – Changes in effect for 2014 reporting

* NOTE: Applicable for 2016 and 2017 reports (to be submitted by the June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018 reporting deadlines, respectively). For more information on these requirements please refer to the Guide for Reporting to the NPRI, 2016 and 2017.


Additional Resources


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

Consultation Document

May 2016

Summary of Proposal

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 is being conducted with the NPRI Multi-Stakeholder Work Group from June 16, 2016 to September 15, 2016. Public comments on this proposed change should be sent to ec.inrp-npri.ec@canada.ca by 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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