The Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) applies to the any facility with NAICS Codes consisting of either 31, 32, 33, and 212 that reports to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) in Ontario. Click here to look up the NAICS Code for your firm.
Here are the requirements:
• Annually track and quantify the toxic substances manufactured, processed or otherwise used in their manufacturing process,
• Develop plans,
• Make summaries of their plans available to the public, and
• Provide progress reports to the MOE and make certain information available to the public.
Ontario’s TRA requires that your Toxics Reduction Plan, once completed, be certified by two people:
- The highest ranking employee at the facility,
- A “qualified and certified” Toxic Reduction Planner who is familiar with the processes at the facility, agrees with the reduction estimates in the plan and that the plan is compliant with the TRA
Here is a list of "Lessons learned from Phase 1" to assist you with creating either your first report or updating your plan with the new substances.
UPDATE to the TRA:
The toxic substances for the purposes of the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and O.Reg 455/09 include:
1. Any substance that is a NPRI substance, if the substance is in the form specified in the NPRI Notice in which the substance is listed.
2. Acetone. O. Reg. 455/09, s. 3 (1); O. Reg. 125/10, s. 3 (1).
These substances have been separated into two Phases in order to focus on priority toxics and carcinogens first. The requirements will be phased in as follows:
• Phase I substances consist of 47 “priority” substances and substance groupings, identified in Table A of the regulation.
• Phase II substances consist of the remaining substances listed in the current NPRI Notice, as well as acetone.
December 31, 2012 – Complete Toxic Substance Reduction Plans for each of the Phase I substances are due.
January 1, 2013 – Facilities are required to identify, track and quantify all Phase II substances used or created for each process.
June 1, 2013 – The first annual accounting report for Phase II substances is due, including tracking and quantification of prescribed substances.
December 31, 2013 – Complete Toxic Substance Reduction Plans for each of the Phase II substances are due.