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Latest trinational report presents most complete picture of North American industrial pollution
Date:6/10/2009

s extraction activities, primary metals and wastewater treatment in Canada;
  • Metal mines, electric utilities and electrical equipment manufacturing in Mexico; and
  • Chemicals manufacturing, primary metals and mines in the United States.

    An in-depth look at the North American petroleum industry in this year's report reveals that the industry reported about 1.5 billion kilograms-or one-quarter-of the 5.5 billion kilograms of toxic pollutants reported by all sectors in 2005. The industry was also responsible for 10 percent of the 32 billion kilograms of criteria air contaminants released across North America in 2005.

    Analysis of 2002-2005 reporting by Canadian and US petroleum refineries and bulk storage terminals discloses that, on average, about 7 million kilograms of carcinogens and developmental or reproductive toxicants were released annually. Most of these pollutants were released to air and water.

    The perspective of this year's report remains incomplete, however-a result of national differences in pollutant and industry sector coverage and compliance. Comparing the national petroleum industry profiles also reveals one of the most important such gaps in PRTR reporting across the three countries.

    Hydrogen sulfide gas, a toxic pollutant having the smell of rotten eggs, is a common byproduct of oil and gas extraction and processing. PRTR regulations in both Canada and Mexico require hydrogen sulfide to be reported. In Canada, hydrogen sulfide from the oil and gas production sector represented over 90 percent of all toxics reported by the Canadian petroleum industry in 2005. In Mexico, however, no data on this substance were reported by the petroleum industry. In the United States, neither this pollutant nor the oil and gas production sector is subject to Toxics Release Inventory reporting requirements.

    The report also discusses pollutants that were transferred across national borders. The majority of t
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    416-538-8712
    Commission for Environmental Cooperation
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