Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) are systems to collect and disseminate information on environmental releases and transfers of toxic chemicals from industrial and other facilities.

They were established in several countries after the 1984 Bhopal Disaster, and the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, which affirmed the "right-to-know" of communities and workers about toxics chemicals and other substances of concern.

PRTRs include the US Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI), Mexican Registro de Emisiones y Transferencia de Contaminantes (RETC), European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER), and Australian National pollutant inventory (NPI).

References

* [http://www.unitar.org/cwg/prtr/prtr2.html "What is a PRTR?" (United Nations Institute for Training and Research)]
* [http://www.oecd.org/document/58/0,3343,en_2649_34411_1913466_1_1_1_1,00.html "What is a PRTR? (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)]
* [http://www.chem.unep.ch/prtr/bakgd01.html "Background: PRTRs and Their Purposes" (United Nations Environment Program)]

External links

National PRTR Websites:
* [http://www.epa.gov/tri US Toxics Release Inventory]
* [http://www.ec.gc.ca/pdb/npri/npri_home_e.cfm Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory]
* [http://app1.semarnat.gob.mx/retc/index.php Mexican Registro de Emisiones y Transferencia de Contaminantes]
* [http://www.npi.gov.au Australian National Pollutant Inventory]
* [http://www.env.go.jp/en/chemi/prtr/prtr.html Japan PRTR]

Regional PRTR Websites
* [http://eper.ec.europa.eu/ European Pollutant Emissions Register]
* [http://www.cec.org/takingstock/takingstock.cfm North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) page]

PRTR Resources
* [http://www.oecd.org/env_prtr_data Centre for PRTR Data (OECD)]
* [http://26594.vws.magma.ca/main_e.cfm Resource Centre for PRTR Release Estimation Techniques (OECD)]
* [http://prtrvc.unitar.org/spip/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=1 PRTR Virtual Classroom (UNITAR)]
* [http://www.unitar.org/cwg/cbl/index.html#prtr PRTR Capacity Building Library (UNITAR)]
* [http://www.ec.gc.ca/pdb/npri/documents/2004ToolBox/toolBox_e.cfm NPRI Toolbox for Reporting Facilities (Canada)]

Non-Governmental Organizations
* [http://www.scorecard.org Scorecard (US Pollution Information Site)]
* [http://www.rtknet.org Right-to-Know Network (US)]
* [http://www.pollutionwatch.org PollutionWatch (Canadian Pollution Information Site)]


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