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Citizens' Environment Alliance of SW Ontario


For release/ NOON:  Monday September 28/98 

Local Emissions of Pollutants in Windsor-Essex Buck National Trends

WINDSOR,ONT. > Today, the Citizens' Environment Alliance of SW Ontario (CEA)
has released an analysis of emissions of pollutants to air, water and land
of Windsor and Essex County.   The study was developed from data collected
by the 1996  National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI).  

The NPRI is a public inventory of 176 toxic substances released from 1,818
point sources across Canada.  It is the fourth annual report released by
Environment Canada.  The CEA study examines the local (Windsor-Essex)
inventory and compares the data with the 1995 report.  Its highlights include:

Thirty-four local facilities reported to the NPRI in 1996.   The combined
total of on-site releases and off-site releases increased locally.   The
largest releases were to the air and the largest transfers were to
landfills.   The largest local polluters remained virtually the same in
1996.  These were - General Chemical, Zalev Brothers, City of Windsor-West
Windsor Pollution Control Plant, Chrysler-Windsor Assembly Plant, Ford
Windsor Casting Plant.  The Detroit River received the third highest amount
of on-site releases to a water body in Canada.   The largest chemical
releases locally were: ammonia (total), Zinc (and its compounds), methyl
ethyl ketone.  The more facilities reported releases and/or transfers of
toxic and carcinogenic pollutants than in 1995; and the combined total of
on-site releases and off-site transfers of toxic and carcinogenic substances
increased locally in 1996.

"The Windsor-Essex area does not compare well with national trends,
Windsor-Essex is typical of Ontario.  The NPRI revealed that Ontario's
worsening pollution record coincided with the provincial government's lax
'voluntary compliance' agenda for protecting the environment and the
downgrading of the Ministry of the Environment,"  said Derek Coronado,
researcher with the Citizens Environment Alliance, and the author of the report.

The NPRI is the only national, publicly accessible inventory of pollutants
in Canada.  However, the NPRI is not comprehensive and provides only a
minuscule picture of the total pollution problem in Canada.  The 1996 report
provides an extremely limited view of the pollution problem in Canada.  As
with other recent efforts of Environment Canada, the weakness of the 1996
NPRI can be traced to the petulant demands of industry.  

This report examines NPRI data from Windsor-Essex County reports.  It must
be noted that the NPRI contains reports based upon a threshold that excludes
vast quantities of pollution.  Thus, according to Coronado, the data for
Windsor-Essex should not be interpreted as a comprehensive 
pollutant inventory.

For further information and/or a copy of the full report contact: 

Derek Coronado  Researcher/ CEA	519-973-1116 / 255-1616
GreenPlanet Network for Social Justice & Ecology
PO Box 548, Windsor ON  Canada,  N9A 6M6
Voice:  519-973-1116  Fax 519-973-8360
E-mail:  riccawu@mnsi  
web page: http://www.mnsi.net/~cea

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