On December 1, 2008, Toronto adopted an Environmental Reporting, Disclosure and Innovation Program. The associated by-law will require businesses and City operations to publicly report their use and release of 25 hazardous chemicals that are in Toronto's environment at levels of concern. Whether a facility will have reporting obligations will depend on the amounts and sources of chemicals manufactured, processed, used or released. Some facilities will be exempted from the reporting requirements, including retail stores, medical offices, gas and service stations. The by-law will come into effect on January 1, 2010 and reporting will be phased in over four years.
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