NPRI and Toxic Reduction Act Planning

NPRI and Toxic Reduction Act Planning


Cambium has dedicated professional and experienced staff that can assist facilities in the preparation of substance specific inventories, reporting of contaminant emissions, and applications for contaminant discharge approvals as required by federal or provincial authorities, including:

  • National Pollutant Release Inventor (NPRI)
  • Toxics Reduction Act (TRA)
  • Environmental Protection Act (EPA)
  • Airborne Contaminant Discharge Monitoring and Reporting (Ontario Reg. 127/01)
  • Air Pollution – Local Air Quality (Ontario Reg. 419/05)

National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI)

The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) program is a federal program enforced under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).  This program is designed to allow the public access to a database of air emissions information.  NPRI reporting is required if - in the reporting year - employees worked in excess of 20,000 hours at a facility and various specific substances of concern were manufactured, processed or otherwise used at a specific concentration in quantities greater than a set threshold.


Toxics Reduction Act

The Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) is designed to reduce the use and emission of toxic substances in manufacturing or other industrial processes in Canada. The TRA provides a framework for the management, conservation - and where possible - reduction of the use of toxic substances in Ontario.  It has two main requirements: a toxic substance accounting report, and a toxic substance reduction plan.

Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) reporting is required if: in a reporting year employees worked in excess of 20,000 hours at a facility, the facility had to report to the NPRI program, and the facility’s NAICS code begins with 31, 32, 33, or 212. The TRA process requires that a company monitor and report on their usage of any toxic substances which are defined in the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) annual gazette notice - and now include acetone.

Cambium’s Licensed Toxic Substance Reduction Planners are certified by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to prepare, review, and certify Toxic Reduction Plans for submission to the MOECC as per Ontario Regulation 455/09.

Our team can provide expert assistance in determining if your facility is subject to the Act, to track the Toxic Substances in your facility, and to prepare, review and certify any of the required reports. We will guide you through each stage of the process, with attention to detail and a thorough understanding of regulatory requirements as well as advise on potential technical and economic issues. Cambium engineers and technical staff ensure that the TRA process conducted for the client is transparent and objective. Each step along the way is clearly documented and we enable regulators and client representatives to work together throughout the process.

Cambium can provide any level of assistance necessary – from completion of the entire report on the client’s behalf, to reviewing a client’s own in-house report for compliance with the TRA and O.Reg. 455/09.