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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the EnvironmentRelease of FY 2013 PRTR Data–Summary of Statistical Results Regarding Released and Transferred Amounts of Class I Designated Chemical Substances–

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) have jointly totaled and estimated the released and transferred amounts of chemical substances in FY 2013. These substances are recognized as continuously existing in the environment of a considerably wide area and as posing a risk of being injurious to human health, or a risk of impeding the inhabitation or growth of animals and plants. Such substances are designated as Class I Chemical Substances under the Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof (Chemical Substances Management Act). The ministries hereby announce the compiled results of the statistics.

According to the notifications submitted by business operators, 376,000 tons in total of the chemical substances were released and transferred, down by 2.3% from the previous fiscal year. Data by individual business operators are available from today on the METI and MOE websites.

1. Background

In April 2001, the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) system was introduced under the Chemical Substances Management Act, which was promulgated in July 1999.

Under the PRTR system, every business operator that handles any of the Class I Designated Chemical Substances is required to notify the government of the amount of such chemical substances that they have released into the environment or have transferred to certain locations as contained in waste. Such Class I Designated Chemical Substances are recognized as continuing to exist in the environment of a considerably wide area and as posing the risk of being injurious to human health, or the risk of impeding the inhabitation or growth of animals and plants. The system also requires the government to disclose not only a tabulation of the data of which notification was submitted by the business operators, but also the estimated amounts of chemical substances that are supposed to be released from entities other than the business operators concerned.

The PRTR system under the Chemical Substances Management Act was revised by the Cabinet Order in November 2008. In line with the revision, the coverage of chemical substances of which notification is required was also expanded from 354 to 462 of the substances ascertained in FY2010. At the same time, the medical industry was newly introduced to the coverage of the system, resulting in the total number of industries that are required to submit a notification coming to 24.

Jointly with MOE, METI totaled the released amount of such substances, as well as estimating and calculating the amounts that are supposed to be released from entities other than the business operators, and compiled the results.

The compiled data and the data by business operator were publicized on both the METI and MOE websites on March 6, 2015.

2. Outline of the FY 2013 PRTR data

The government compiled the released and transferred amounts of chemical substances of which notification was submitted by 35,974 subject business operators nationwide during FY2013. There were 160,000 tons of released amounts, down by 1.5% from the previous fiscal year, and there were 215,000 tons of transferred amounts, down by 2.9% from the previous fiscal year, which came to 376,000 tons in total, down by 2.3% from the previous fiscal year.

In addition, there were 144,000 tons of released, continuously-confirmed substances,* the notification of which is designated to be submitted by business operators not only under the revised system but also under the pre-revised system, a decrease of 1.9% from the previous fiscal year, representing a continued decreasing trend.

*Note: Continuously-confirmed substances: 276 chemical substances that business operators should notify the government of as substances designated under the revised system as well as the pre-revised system

3. Release of the PRTR data

Documents pertinent to the compiled PRTR data are available on the following websites:
METI: http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/chemical_management/law/index.html (in Japanese)
MOE:http://www.env.go.jp/en/chemi/prtr/prtr.html External Site Link

For details, see the Japanese language press release.

Reference: Request for information disclosure

The business operator-based PRTR data can be accessed by visiting the websites and also by submitting a conventional request for information disclosure as well. Please note that the data disclosed upon request are the same as those on the METI website.

An administrative fee is charged for requests. For details, refer to the following website:
http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/chemical_management/law/prtr/7.html (in Japanese)

Release date

March 6, 2015

Divisions in charge

Chemical Management Policy Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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Chemical Management

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