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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the EnvironmentRelease of FY 2014 PRTR Data-Summary of Statistical Results regarding Released and Transferred Amounts of Class I Designated Chemical Substances-

Pursuant to 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 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 for which notification was submitted by business operators in FY 2014.
According to the notifications submitted by business operators, 383,000 tons in total of the chemical substances were released or transferred, up 1.8% from the previous fiscal year, 159,000 tons of the chemical substances were released, down 1.0% from the previous fiscal year, and 224,000 tons of the chemical substances were transferred, up 3.9% from the previous fiscal year. Data from individual business operators is available from March 4, 2016 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 it has released into the environment or the amount contained in waste that it has transferred to certain locations. Class I Designated Chemical Substances are chemical substances that are recognized as continuing to exist in the environment in a substantially wide area and as posing the risk of being injurious to human health or the risk of impeding the habitation or growth of animals and plants. The system also requires the government to disclose not only a tabulation of the data for which notification was submitted by business operators, but also the estimated amounts of chemical substances that are thought to have been released by entities other than the business operators concerned.
The PRTR system under the Chemical Substances Management Act was revised by a Cabinet Order in November 2008. In line with the revision, concerning notification submitted during or after FY2011, the coverage of chemical substances for which notification is required was also expanded from 354 to 462. At the same time, the medical industry was newly introduced to coverage under the system, resulting in the total number of industries that are required to submit notifications coming to 24.
Jointly with the MOE, METI summarized the released amounts of such substances, as well as estimated and calculated the amounts that are thought to have been released by entities other than these business operators, and compiled the results.
The compiled data and the data from individual business operators were publicized on both the METI and MOE websites on March 4, 2016.

2. Outline of the FY 2014 PRTR data

1) Released and transferred amounts of chemical substances for which notification was submitted by business operators

The government compiled the released and transferred amounts of chemical substances for which notification was submitted by 35,573 subject business operators nationwide during FY 2014. In total, 159,000 tons of the chemical substances were released, down 1.0% from the previous fiscal year, and 224,000 tons of the chemical substances were transferred, up 3.9% from the previous fiscal year, which was 383,000 tons in total, up 1.8% from the previous fiscal year.

In addition, there were 143,000 tons released of continuously-confirmed substances,* notification for which is stipulated not only under the revised system but also under the system before the revision, a decrease of 1.1% from the previous fiscal year, representing a continued decreasing trend.
*Note: Continuously-confirmed substances: 276 chemical substances for which business operators should notify the government as substances designated under the revised system as well as the system before the revision

2) Amounts of chemical substances released without notification by business operators estimated by the government

The government estimated the amounts of such chemical substances released without notification from industries covered by the system, the released amounts from non-target industries, the released amounts from households, and the released amounts from moving objects. The national total was 240,000 tons.

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/chemi/prtr/risk0.htmlExternal Site Link(in Japanese)

For details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

March 4, 2016

Division in Charge

Chemical Management Policy Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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Last updated:2016-03-11
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