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Industrial waste in my neighbourhood?
As of 2008 industrial facilities must report their releases of pollutants to air, water and land as well as their transfer of waste and waste water in a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR). The PRTR replaces the European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER), and is to be established and operated following an international agreement drafted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) and signed by Germany and 40 other European countries, as well as a binding E-PRTR Regulation passed by the EU on 18 January 2006. The PRTR provides industrial facilities with a means to publicise their measures taken and investments made to reduce pollutant emissions. It also educates citizens online about the pollutant emissions of the industrial facilities in their neighbourhoods. read more