DoE fails to settle concerns about Chemical Release Inventory

The Department of the Environment (DoE) has announced that it intends to establish a Chemical Release Inventory (CRI) broadly along the lines proposed in a consultation paper last autumn. But it has left both industry and environmentalists in the dark for a few more months about how the CRI will be compiled, and whether information on the environmental performance of companies or sectors will be made available through the CRI.

The DoE's proposals were derived from the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) established in the USA in 1987, but with some significant departures from the US model so as to keep the burden on industry to a minimum (ENDS Report 214, pp 29-30 ).

Under the DoE's proposals, information in the CRI will be built up fro

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