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Toxics Reduction Act & Regulation
April 26, 2018 - Ontario
As per the Decision Notice posted by the MOECC April 24, 2018
We have amended Ontario Regulation 455/09 and introduced a new service of documents regulation under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 that provides more options to serve documents. The amendments were modified as a result of public consultation and will come into effect on April 23, 2018.
The amendments to Ontario Regulation 455/09 has:
•Changed how often facilities have to review their toxic reduction plans:•The first plan review cycle is now extended to six years, with plan reviews due on December 31, 2019.
•The second plan review cycle is now four years later, with plan reviews due on December 31, 2023.
•After 2023, facilities will return to the original timing to review their toxic reduction plans every five years.
•Simplified the information facilities are required to include in their plans:•Facilities are no longer required to include all the previous years' accounting records since the current plan was created. These records will continue to still be available.
•Only the previous year's accounting records are required.
•Better aligned the Toxic Reduction Program with the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) reporting extensions and administrative data updates i.e. North American Industry Classification System codes, spatial coordinates, and emails.
•Clarified language and corrected minor errors. (MOECC, 2018).
MOECC. (2018). Amendments to Ontario Regulation 455/09 and creation of a new services documents regulation under the Toxics Reduction Act. Retrieved from https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/012-8583
Ontario Food and Organic Waste Framework
February 07, 2018 - Ontario
The province has developed a proposed Food and Organic Waste Framework (“Framework”). Together with the Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building a Circular Economy and Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, the proposed Framework will help Ontario build a circular economy and fight climate change. The Framework consists of two complementary components:
Part A: Proposed Food and Organic Waste Action Plan which outlines strategic commitments to be taken by the province to address food and organic waste; and,
Part B: Proposed Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, which provides direction to the province, municipalities, producers, IC&I sector, waste management sector, and others to further the provincial interest in waste reduction and resource recovery as it relates to food and organic waste.
Ontario is shifting to a circular economy — a system in which materials are never discarded, but reused or recycled into new products and reintegrated into the market. Managing our resources more effectively will benefit Ontarians, our environment and the economy. It will help Ontario fight climate change and achieve its goals of a zero waste future with zero greenhouse gases from the waste sector, as set out in the Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy, released in February 2017.
EBR Registry Number: 013-1814
Ministry: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Date Proposal loaded to the Registry: November 16, 2017
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.
Metal Finishers – Industry Standard
December 14, 2016 - 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.
Waste-Free Ontario Act
June 02, 2016 - Ontario
Ontario – Cap & Trade and Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
June 02, 2016 - Ontario
April 29, 2016 - Ontario
"How to apply for an environmental approval – or register a business activity – that involves releasing pollutants or waste into air, land or water."