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A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan
December 18, 2018 - Ontario
As per the MECP, EBR 013-4208 Post, the Proposed Plan reflects on the Government of Ontario’s commitment to address challenges in the protection of land, air, water, waste, and help Ontarians reduce GHG emissions and prepare them for Climate Change.
Toxics Reduction Act & Regulation
December 18, 2018 - Ontario
As per the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Act Proposal Notice and Regulation Proposal Notice dated December 6, 2018:
"They are proposing to make changes to reduce burden under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and Ontario Regulation 455/09.
The proposed amendments are intended to reduce burden associated with the overlap between Ontario’s focus on toxic reduction planning and the federal government’s Chemicals Management Plan requirements to take action on chemicals. By 2021, most substances regulated by Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 will be covered by the federal program. To avoid this unnecessary duplication, Ontario is proposing that facilities with existing toxics reduction plans will no longer be required to review their plans, and will refer to their existing plans for opportunities to reduce toxics. It is also proposed that any facilities entering the program will not have any planning, reviewing, or reporting obligations.
Only facilities with current plans for substances that meet reporting thresholds would continue to annually report on the amounts of those substances under the Toxics Reduction Program. Annual reports would continue to include information about the progress being made to reduce those substances.
This would preserve elements of the program that support Ontarians’ right to know about toxic substances in their communities while maintaining the right balance between a healthy environment and a healthy economy.
The government is also proposing to repeal the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and regulations made thereunder in 2021, and defer entirely to the federal government as they finalize their chemical management assessments and take action on substances deemed to be toxic."
See EBR Post: 013-4234 Repeal the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and all associated Regulations by December 31, 2021
See EBR Post: 013-4235 Planning and Reporting Changes under the toxics reduction program and Ontario Regulation 455/09
Ontario Food and Organic Waste Framework
May 18, 2018 - Ontario
Following consultations, we are releasing the Food and Organic Waste Framework to prevent and reduce food and organic waste, rescue surplus food, collect and recover food and organic waste and support beneficial end-uses. This will help the province build a circular economy and fight climate change.
EBR Registry Number: 013-1814
Ministry: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Decision Posted: April 30, 2018
Metal Finishers – Industry Standard
May 08, 2018 - Ontario
1. The air standards for chromium compounds (hexavalent) and nickel and nickel compounds will apply to facilities in the metal finishing sector 12 months after the first date of publication of the Technical Standard, March 8, 2016.
2. Facilities that will exceed the air standard can apply for registration to the Metal Finishers - Industry Standard or request a site-specific standard. (See four attached Fact Sheets on O.Reg.419/05). Facilities do not have to show exceedence of an air standard to register to a technical standard.
3. There is no application fee to register to a technical standard at this time.
4. The ministry's intent was that application forms can be completed by someone familiar with the facility's metal finishing processes and air pollution controls. There are two application forms that must be submitted. One is a general form for all applicants and one is a supplemental form for the Metal Finishers Industry Standard. (See Link for general form and guide to applying and an attachment for the metal finishers supplemental form)
5. There is a mandatory minimum 45 day EBR posting for public comment. The process is a bit slow at this time so we strongly recommend that applications are submitted as soon as possible and before the end of year to help ensure a timely review.
May 08, 2018 - Ontario
"How to apply for an environmental approval – or register a business activity – that involves releasing pollutants or waste into air, land or water."
Management of Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices
March 04, 2017 - Ontario
Soil is an important resource. The protection and conservation of soil in Ontario is a valuable component of maintaining the environment for present and future generations. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) encourages the beneficial reuse of excess soil in a manner promoting sustainability and the protection of the environment. The best practices described within this document are intended to assist those managing excess soil, particularly when the soil may be affected by contamination, in preventing and mitigating the potential for adverse effects."
Resource: Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. (2016). Management of Excess Soil - A Guide for Best Management Practices. Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/page/management-excess-soil-guide-best-management-practices#section-0
New Ontario Air Permitting Regime Effective Immediately – Assessed Air EASR
January 19, 2017 - Ontario
Ontario has a new air permitting regime that the Government has put in place that takes effect January 31, 2017.
Waste-Free Ontario Act
June 02, 2016 - Ontario