Expanding Pollution Release Reporting: Pollutant Emissions Reporting and Implications for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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In an effort to understand the quantity of pollutants entering the environment, several countries have implemented pollutant emissions reporting programs. Under the typical pollutant emissions reporting program, an affected facility is required to report to its respective government or government agency information concerning the quantity of pollutants emitted into the air, water and land as well as the amount of waste transported for disposal, recycling or reclamation. Criteria that determine whether a facility is required to report pollutant emissions often includes the types of pollutants released, the quantity of pollutants released and, in some cases, the number of individuals employed or the total number of hours that employees work at a facility releasing pollutants. The pollutant emissions information collected by the government or the government agency is then disseminated to the public.

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