MiningWatch Canada says in a news release that "in sharp contrast to the descriptions provided by the Alberta government, data submitted by Sherritt to the National Pollutant Release Inventory
indicate that tonnes of highly toxic materials were being dumped into the ponds every year." The toxic substances include carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
The establishment of the National Pollutant Release Inventory
(NPRI) in 1992 marked the emergence of a new approach to the regulation of industrial pollution in Canada.
Schindler said in a National Pollutant Release Inventory
press release that the oil sands industry is releasing large volumes of airborne pollutants.
"In addition we learned from Joan Kuyek about a recent victory by Mining Watch Canada in federal court which will require mining companies to inform the public about annual releases of toxins in mine wastes including tailings - through reporting to the National Pollutant Release Inventory
According to the 2005 National Pollutant Release Inventory
, the CVRD-INCO smelter complex at Copper Cliff is the second-largest industrial source of total air pollution emissions in Canada.
It is a more aggressive program than the federal government's National Pollutant Release Inventory
, and was developed several years earlier.
Moulins added, "Intra-company transfers of recyclable materials account for most of the total releases and transfers that Noranda reports to Environment Canada's National Pollutant Release Inventory
. Unfortunately, this important fact was not well presented to the public."
Earlier this year, the Federal Court of Canada issued an order that the government immediately begin publicly reporting mining pollution data from 2006 onward to the National Pollutant Release Inventory
. More information on the decision at ecojustice.ca.
According to Environment Canada's National Pollutant Release Inventory
, which monitors air pollutant emissions across Canada, their numbers indicate that the company has reduced its hydrogen sulphide emissions from 187.43 tonnes in 1999 to 94.48 tonnes in 2000.
Environment Canada's National Pollutant Release Inventory
(NPRI) is the only legislated, nation-wide, publicly-accessible inventory of its type in Canada.
Each year, the National Pollutant Release Inventory
(NPRI), a body of Environment Canada, reports accounts on each contaminant released by each processing plant and facility throughout the country.
The final component of the clean air action plan involves expanding the National Pollutant Release Inventory
. The NPRI list of substances will be expanded in 2002 to include precursos of ground-level ozone and components of smog such as nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, sulfur oxides, particulate matter and carbon monoxide.