Toxics Release Inventory” The European Union last week launched a pollution registry, a public right-to-know effort comparable to the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory. The European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER) is the first EU-wide database of industrial emissions to air and water. Unlike the U.S. inventory, which began in 1988, the EU system includes emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane and excludes pollutant releases to land. EPER covers 50 pollutants--in contrast to the 650 or so chemicals in the U.S. right-to-know system. EU emissions data are collected every three years, and EPER currently has pollutant release information for 2001. The database eventually will be updated with numbers for 2004. In the U.S., industry supplies information annually for the inventory.
by Cheryl Hogue |
March 01, 2004