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One of the main health concerns in Toronto is air pollution and the public has demanded information about releases of toxic chemicals into the environment. Unfortunately, there is limited information available to estimate the contribution of local industries to pollution in the city.
The ChemTRAC program was launched in 2010 to collect and disclose information on the use and release of toxic chemicals in Toronto. The information collected by ChemTRAC has been used to inform the public and institutions about the presence and release of toxic chemicals in the city, and to promote pollution prevention activities.
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Presenter: Dr. Marco Belmont
Marco Belmont is a Health Research Specialist at Toronto Public Health. He has worked on the development and implementation of the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw and the ChemTRAC program since 2005.
Marco has a B.Sc. in chemistry, and a M.Sc. in physical chemistry. He gained his Ph.D. at Trent University, Ontario. Following postdoctoral work in the United States and Toronto, he joined Toronto Public Health in 2007 where he does research on environmental health. Marco loves teaching and has taught for over 25 years. Currently he teaches at Ryerson University and University of Toronto.
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