COMMISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION
THREE COUNTRIES WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR SHARED ENVIRONMENT
In March 1994, the Louisiana public learned that ethylene dichloride (EDC), a known potential carcinogen, was leaking from a pipeline in the community of Lake Charles. By that time, millions of pounds of EDC had escaped. It is considered one of the largest chemical spills in US history.
Because chemicals play an important role in all industries, they need to be monitored and carefully managed to protect human health and the environment.
In March 2012, the CEC’s North American PRTR project released a major update of pollution data reported by industrial facilities in Canada, Mexico and the US.
The CEC’s revamped online tool—Taking Stock Online—is a searchable database that covers more than 500 pollutants and almost 100 major industrial sectors reporting to the pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) of the three North American countries.
Taking Stock allows communities, companies, and the public to track the release and transfer of pollutants. Companies can use Taking Stock as a tool to evaluate their environmental performance and compare it with other similar companies, while the public can use it to investigate which chemicals are being released by industrial facilities in their communities.
Among other features, Taking Stock Online allows users to:
For more information, visit www.cec.org/takingstock.