March 29, 2004
The Ministry of the Environment, with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, compiled data reported from businesses concerned on release and transfer of chemical substances for FY2002 (April 1, 2002 - March 31, 2003) complying with the Law Concerning Reporting, etc. of Releases to the Environment of Specific Chemical Substances and Promoting Improvements in Their Management (referred to as the "Chemical Substance Releases Reporting and Management Promotion Law"). Estimation on releases which were not subject to reporting was also done. The data was compiled for the second time and was compared with the FY 2001 data compiled in 2003.
With promulgation of the Chemical Substance Releases Reporting and Management Promotion Law in July 1999, a reporting system for release and transfer of chemical substances (referred to as the "PRTR system") was introduced. There are 354 specific chemical substances (i.e., Class I Designated Chemical Substances*) for businesses being required to report on their release to the environment and their transfer as a form of waste under the law. The national government shall compile the reported data on release and transfer and estimate release exempted from reporting, and disclose thereof.
|Note:||Chemical substances, specified under the Law concerning the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc., that may be hazardous to human health or may impair the life and growth of animals and plants, and are recognized to continuously exist in the environment over a considerable area.|
1. Disclosed Data
Tables compiled based on the Ministerial Ordinance on the Method for Tabulating Data Reported on Release of Class I Designated Chemical Substances (Ordinance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of the Environment) are prepared according to chemical substances, prefectures, business categories (45 types) and the number of employees (4,464 tables in total).
|i.||Reported release and transfer
By national/prefectures and all business/business categories: 2,208 tables
|ii.||Average release and transfer by the number of employees
By national/prefectures and business categories: 2,160 tables
|iii.||Estimated release (those which exempted from reporting)
By national/prefectures: 48 tables
|iv.||Release from mobile sources
By national/prefectures: 48 tables
The summary of reporting status of businesses concerned, tabulated data of reported release and transfer by business categories and prefectures, estimation of release exempted from reporting is available at the website of the Ministry of the Environment.
Estimation method for release exempted from reporting for FY 2002 and basic data for estimation were compiled as reference material. Comparison between reported release and transfer for FY 2002 and FY 2001 (the latest revised version including the changes reported after the disclosure of FY 2001 data) was made. The improvement made for FY 2002 estimation method for release exempted from reporting was presented in the reference.
3. Request for Disclosure of Information
According to Article 10 of the Chemical Substance Releases Reporting and Management Promotion Law, any person can request the national government to disclose information of release and other data reported by individual business. When a request for disclosure is submitted, the national government shall promptly disclose the information concerned. A requesting party is required to pay fees for disclosure.
Office in charge of PRTR disclosure and actual formalities required for disclosure in the Ministry of the Enviornment:
Environmental Health and Safety Division
Environmental Health Department
Ministry of the Environment
1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8975 Japan
|*||Outline of the Chemical Substance Releases Reporting and Management Promotion Law|
|*||Summary of PRTR Data for FY 2002|
|*||PRTR: Pollutant Release and Transfer Register|