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International Organisations

Agenda 21
Recommendations contained in UNCED Agenda 21, Chapter 19, relating to Community Right-to-Know and Chemical Emissions Inventories. 1992. 18KB/5KB English

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CEC: Commission for Environmental Cooperation

North American Pollutant Releases and Transfers
Project summary, objectives, rationale, activities. Focus on developing North American pollutant release inventory report; assistance to Mexico; compatibility and accessibility of North American PRTRs. 1996. 18KB/7KB English

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EU: European Union

Proposed Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control
To establish Community-wide inventory, set emission limit values, ensure public access to data, publish information. Lists facilities and chemicals to be covered. 22KB/19KB English

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IFCS: Intergovernmental Forum for Chemical Safety

IOMC, IFCS, and IPCS
Purposes, structures, relationship of collaborative efforts toward environmentally sound management of toxic chemicals by international organisations. 1996. 18KB/7KB English
 
Resolutions Adopted at International Conference on Chemical Safety
Establishing IFCS and setting priorities for action in implementing environmentally sound management of chemicals. 29 Apr. 1994. 22KB/20KB English

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OECD: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

PRTR GUIDANCE TO GOVERNMENTS

Guidance Manual for Governments
Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers - A Tool for Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development: Guidance Manual for Governments. Complete and final OECD guidance manual for governments considering or implementing PRTRs. Earlier drafts, in smaller text files, are available below.
Requires free Acrobat Reader. 1996. NOTE very large file size: 1.2MB English
Preface
Foreword, Acknowledgments, and Preface. Dec. 1995. 22KB/18KB English
Chapter 1: Usefulness of Instituting a National PRTR
Revised draft: Definitions, benefits, public participation, effective implementation, overview of process to create a PRTR. May 1994. 31KB/47KB English
Chapter 2: Developing a List of Species for a National PRTR
Issues in developing specific list of reportable chemical substances; sample lists of chemicals, industries, list of lists. Oct. 1994. 31KB/44KB English
Chapter 3: Data Management and Reporting for a National PRTR
Draft: Information management for reporters; issues of confidentiality claims; data quality; reporting by small and medium-sized enterprises; example of waste reporting survey for a large firm. May 1995. 154KB/356KB English
Chapter 4: Dissemination and Use of PRTR Data and Results
Draft: How results are used; making results accessible and usable; elements of an outreach plan. Representative uses of PRTR data; NPRI stakeholder recommendations for data elements, matrix of advantages/disadvantages for dissemination and storage mechanisms. [1995]. 101KB/194KB English
Chapter 5: Formulating a Practical PRTR System
Draft: Basic principles, list of key attributes for initial system design, benefits from public dissemination and other benefits, description of activities in countries in process of developing PRTRs, activities by international organisations. Dec. 1995. 44KB/77KB English

WORKSHOPS on DEVELOPING PRTRs

OECD Workshop I: Usefulness of Instituting a National PRTR (23 documents)

OECD Workshop II: Developing a List of Species for a National PRTR (23 documents)

OECD Workshop III: Data Management and Reporting for a National PRTR under construction

OECD Workshop IV: Dissemination and Use of PRTR Data and Results under construction

OECD Workshop V: Formulating a Practical PRTR System under construction

CONFERENCE on PRTRs: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY, Tokyo, Japan, September 1998

Conference Proceedings, Part 1
Experiences in PRTR design and development. Outreach, training, and education. Generating and reporting data. Implementation and Use. Requires free Acrobat Reader. NOTE large file size: 565KB English
Conference Proceedings, Part 2
Evaluating PRTRs as environmental policy tool, focusing on: governments; public and NGOs; community-level; industry sectors. Future directions: evolving uses of PRTR data; estimating small and diffuse sources; regional and international uses. Includes final conference statement and statement by NGOs. Requires free Acrobat Reader. NOTE very large file size: 1.4MB English

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UNEP: United Nations Environment Programme

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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UNITAR: United Nations Institute for Training and Research

For hard copies of these documents, contact UNITAR (e-Mail: ahalpaap.unitar@unep.ch) directly.

Facilitating the Establishment of Pollutant Release and Transfers Registers in Developing and Industrializing Countries
Overview of UNITAR's activities. Pilot studies in the Czech Republic, Egypt, Mexico. Suggested 6-stage process for designing a PRTR. Bibliography of available UNITAR guidance documents. August 1996 26KB/30KB English
Guidance Series on Implementing a National PRTR Design Project
Table of Contents and Introduction to each of five guidance documents, Final Draft, July 1996:
Implementing a National PRTR Design Project: A Guidance Document
Preparing a National PRTR Infrastructure Assessment: A Supplementary Guide (#1)
Designing the Key Features of a National PRTR System: A Supplementary Guide (#2)
Implementing a PRTR Pilot Reporting Trial: A Supplementary Guide (#3)
Structuring a National PRTR Proposal: A Supplementary Guide (#4)
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WHO: World Health Organisation

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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National PRTRs

Australia - National Pollutant Inventory

National Pollutant Inventory

The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is an Internet database designed to provide the community, industry and government with information on the types and amounts of certain substances being emitted to the environment. The NPI internet site has two components: a database component that includes emission data for facilities and aggregated sources, and an information component covering various aspects of the NPI such as operation of the program, NPI emission estimation techniques and various NPI publications. The components are complimentary and often to get full value from the NPI program, users need to access information from both components of the site. There are useful links between the two components of the site at the bottom of all NPI web pages. URL for the NPI: www.npi.ea.gov.au   

National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) for the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)

The NPI was made as a NEPM by the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) on 27 February 1998.  The NPI NEPM is the base document for the NPI, available at http://www.nepc.gov.au/npivar_frame.html

NPI guide and reporting form

The NPI guide provides general information on the NPI and helps a facility determine whether it needs to report its emissions of NPI substances.  The guide is available at http://www.environment.gov.au/epg/npi/handbooks/general/guidetoreporting.html

Reporting list of substances

In the phase in years of 1998-1999, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, facilities were only required to report on 36 substances.  From 1 July 2001 this increased to 90 substances.  For further details on the NPI list of substances please see http://www.environment.gov.au/epg/npi/about/background/list_of_subst.html

Industry handbooks

Industry handbooks are industry specific guidance documents provided to assist facilities (point sources) in estimating emissions for NPI reporting.  An industry handbook consists of the NPI Guide and one or more Emission Estimation Technique (EET) Manuals. The number of EET Manuals in a particular handbook depends on the number of particular industry processes that give rise to emissions for that particular industry sector.  A total of 80 industry handbooks are available at http://www.environment.gov.au/epg/npi/handbooks/approved_handbooks/approved_handbooks.html

Aggregated Emissions Manuals

The aggregated emissions manuals are guidance documents provided to estimate emissions from non-industrial activities such as transportation, domestic and commercial activities and emissions from industry which are not reported because the relevant thresholds are not exceeded or because the industries are exempt from reporting. A total of 20 manuals are available for estimating aggregated emissions.  These are available at http://www.environment.gov.au/epg/npi/handbooks/aedmanuals/aedmanuals.html

Technical advisory panel report

The Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) to the National Pollutant Inventory was formed in March 1997 to recommend substances for inclusion on the NPI. The Panel produced a report which was released together with the draft NEPM at the commencement of the consultation period in June 1997.  The TAP report is available at http://www.environment.gov.au/epg/npi/pubs/tap/tapreport.html

First year summary report 1998-99.

The first report for this database, known as the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI), became available on the Internet on 28 January 2000 at www.npi.ea.gov.au.  This is a summary of the first NPI report.  It is available at http://www.environment.gov.au/epg/npi/pubs/summary9899.html

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Canada: National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI)

Guide for Reporting to the National Pollutant Release Inventory, 1998
Published guidance for Canadian facilities for reporting year 1998. 125KB/515KB English
A National Pollutant Release Inventory for Canada (npri01.exe not presently available)
Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee Report, during development of Canada's NPRI: Recommendations on reporting requirements, conditions, and exemptions. Unresolved issues. Recommendations for further work. Appendices include proposals for public access and recommended data elements. Dec. 1992. 43KB/91KB English

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Czech Republic

Development of Pollution Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) in Czech Republic (cze01.exe not presently available).
Progress. Structure. Proposed substance list. Pilot study. March 1996. 20KB/12KB English

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Denmark

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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Egypt

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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England and Wales: Pollutant Inventory (PI)

Chemical Release Inventory: System Overview
Operation, definitions, data elements collected under CRI. 17 Aug. 1992. 22KB/16KB English
Paper by the United Kingdom on a Chemical Release Inventory
United Kingdom Government's proposals for implementing Integrated Pollution Control permitting in England and Wales. Sample data from publicly available register. List of substances. Undated [approx. 1991] 31KB/41KB English

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Finland

Publicity and Reporting Systems of Industrial Emissions in Europe
Summary of report comparing reporting and information dissemination systems in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain. 10KB/19KB English

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France

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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India

Notification of Environmental Protection Rules
Rules and forms for required environmental audit reports, covering water and raw material consumption, hazardous and solid wastes. Nov. 1992. 17KB/5KB English

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Ireland: Pollution Emissions Register (PER)

Integrated Pollution Control Licensing: Guidance Note for Pollution Emissions Register (PER) Content
Draft reporting requirements, including methods for calculating productivity indexes that indicate recycling or reuse of reportable waste; mass balance methodology; and use of graphs to make facility reporting clear. Includes list of reportable substances and reporting form. June 1996. 39KB/56KB English

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Japan

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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Mexico: Registro de Emisiones y Transferencias de Contaminantes (RETC)

Proyecto de instrumentaciíon nacional 1996-1997
Background, objectives, case study information. April 1996. 19KB/8KB Spanish
Development of a Mexican PRTR
Including linkages with affected sectors, development of substance list. April 1996. 29KB/27KB English
Second Report to National Coordinating Group: Chemical Selection
List of substances, including checklist of chemical coverage under TRI, NPRI, OCED, KEMI, and NOM and spreadsheet of toxicity data. Flow chart of selection process. Jan.-March 1996. 74KB/134KB Spanish
Protocol for Selecting RETC's Chemicals
Procedure and criteria for chemical selection (from slide show). March 1996. 42KB/44KB English
Formate de Reporte
RETC reporting form version 4.1. March 1996. Note: Document is available only in MS Word, not ASCII. 42KB/26KB Spanish
Instrucciones para el Llenado del Formate de Reporte
Instructions for preparing and filing RETC reporting form version 4.1. April 1996.27KB/36KB Spanish
First Report to National Coordinating Committee: Reporting Form
First version of RETC reporting form, with instructions. Nov. 1995. Note: Document is available only in MS Word, not ASCII. 45KB/129KB Spanish
Terminos de Referencia del Grupo Nacional Coordinador
National Coordinating Group's terms of reference. July 1995. 28KB/41KB Spanish
RETC Contacts
List of contact persons. April 1996. 16KB/2KB

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The Netherlands: Emission Inventory System

Assessment of the Pollutant Emission Register
Revised version of paper submitted to fifth OECD workshop, on implementing a complete PRTR system. Nov. 1995. 25KB/15KB English
Voluntary Agreements Between Government and Industry
Describes Dutch use of voluntary agreements: target group approach, steps in developing and implementing covenants, use of comprehensive company improvement plans, relationship to licensing. [1993.] 25KB/29KB English

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New Zealand

Development of a Release Inventory in New Zealand
Issues and options: purposes and uses of inventories; application to New Zealand. July 1995. 28KB/36KB English

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Norway: Annual Emission Reports from Industrial Enterprises

Guidelines for Filling in the Report Form
Detailed reporting instructions and sample completed form. 1994. 92KB/195KB English

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South Africa

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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Sweden: Emission Register for Chemical Substances

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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Switzerland

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United States: Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)

Release Reporting Requirements
Overview of TRI reporting requirements: facility types, threshold chemical volumes, what must be reported. Aug. 1995. 22KB/17KB English
Electronic TRI Reporting Forms  This download is from the US TRI Web site.
Software for electronic filing of TRI reports. English
Estimating Releases from Electroplating Operations
Industry-specific reporting guidance: information on toxic chemicals used and process wastes generated, with examples to demonstrate the types of data needed and various methodologies available for estimating releases. Jan. 1988. 30KB/45KB English
Estimating Releases from Textile Dyeing
Industry-specific reporting guidance: information on toxic chemicals used and process wastes generated, with examples to demonstrate the types of data needed and various methodologies available for estimating releases. Feb. 1988. 30KB/45KB English
Chemical Lists
Electronic versions of lists of chemicals reportable under U.S. TRI, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (solid and hazardous waste), and others. 1992 reporting year. 202KB/188KB English
Reporting Guidance: Selected Chemicals
Reporting guidance for aqueous ammonia; lists of toxic chemicals in selected categories: nitrates, warfarin, and EBDC (ethylenebisdithiocarbamic acid). 50KB/212KB English

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U.S. -- New Jersey: Community Right-to-Know

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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U.S. -- Massachusetts: Toxics Use Reduction

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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Non-Governmental Organisations

Industry and Commercial Organisations

CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council)

Guidelines on Environmental Reporting for the European Chemical Industry
Proposes common structure environmental reports (corporate and site-specific) and a Standard Emissions Inventory (with core chemicals and data collection guidance). 18 June 1993. 30KB/42KB English

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Companies

[Documents from this source are not presently available here.]

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Public Interest Organisations

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Universities

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Individuals; Other Types of Groups

Towards an ECE Convention on Access to Environmental Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking
Background, content, and implications of ECE Guidelines for public access to environmental information (adopted Oct. 1995) and proposed Convention on Public Participation (in preparation, for potential adoption in 1998). Wates, J., elni Newsletter, Environmental Law Network International, 1(1996):15-21. 28KB/37KB English

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