Ottawa, ON — Canadian industries created close to four billion kilograms of harmful air pollutants that damage human health and cause smog, according to a report released in December 2004 by Environmental Defence and the Canadian Environmental Law Association.
The report, entitled ‘Shattering the Myth of Pollution Progress in Canada,’ found that 96% of reported air pollution in 2002 was made up of pollutants associated with respiratory illnesses. The analysis is based on pollution data submitted by industry to Environment Canada for the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). The 2002 data are the most recently available for Canada.
The progress report recommends immediate action, led by the federal government, to significantly reduce pollution across Canada, including:
– The virtual elimination of releases of carcinogens to the air and water by 2008;
– An interim target of a 50% reduction in releases of CEPA toxics to the air and water by 2008;
– An interim target of a 50% reduction in releases of respiratory toxins to the air by 2008; and,
– An interimtarget of a 50% reduction in releases of pollutants known to cause development and reproductive harm to the air and water by 2008.
The report also identifies the top 10 facilities emitting PM 2.5 — the size of particulate matter of most concern for human health. In first place is SaskPower, and in second place and third places is Inco Limited.
To view the complete report, visit www.PollutionWatch.org.