Citizens Environment Alliance
May 6, 2002

Emissions of Pollutants in Windsor/Essex County Continue to Increase: Border Area Inundated by Air Pollution

Windsor, Ontario -

Today the Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario (CEA) released its analysis of pollutant emissions to the air, water and land of Essex and Wayne Counties. The analysis was developed from data in the 1999 and 2000 Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) and the 1999 United States Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).

There are 268 substances listed in the NPRI for the 2000 reporting year; 55 substances are designated toxic by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The 2000 NPRI report is the eighth annual release since the program’s inception in 1992.

The NPRI is based upon the US Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The 1999 reporting year is the thirteenth reporting year of the TRI. Currently, there are approximately 650 pollutants and pollutant categories in various industrial sectors and federal facilities tracked by the TRI.

Some of the highlights from the CEA’s report include:

Pollutant releases in Essex County in 2000 were 6 % greater than the previous year and substantially higher than the total in 1998. Eighty-two percent of Essex County’s pollutant emissions were to the air while sixty-one percent of Wayne County’s pollutant emissions were to the air.

“There is a toxic soup of pollution being dumped into the Windsor/Detroit area on an annual basis,” said Derek Coronado, author of the CEA report. “Our environment is under continual assault and that is completely unacceptable,” said Coronado.

See the Summary Report of the NPRI and TRI on our website at

For more information contact:
Shawn Hupka
President, Citizens Environment Alliance
(519) 973-1116