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Evolution of the Ontario Environmental Compliance Approvals Process – What’s changing, and how will it affect your facility?

Evolution of the Ontario Environmental Compliance Approvals Process – What’s changing, and how will it affect your facility? 

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Brian Sulley
Senior Air Quality Specialist | Associate
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April 27, 2017
12:00 PM, Toronto (GMT-4)
60 min


In Ontario, your business must have an environmental compliance approval (ECA) from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), if it has a release of pollutants into the air, land or water.  However, the approvals were proving to take too long, and were onerous and expensive for the applicants. 

In 2015, the MOECC committed to make improvements to the ECA process. The outcome of their efforts was a final regulation, O. Reg. 1/17, which came into effect on January 31, 2017, requiring certain facilities to register their activities with air emissions on the province’s Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). https://www.ontario.ca/laws/re... 
This new regulation will streamline and expedite the approvals process for a wide swath of the regulated community that operates facilities with air and noise emissions. Further regulatory changes are proposed that will exempt many other facilities from the air and noise approvals process.
Universities, colleges, hospitals, and many small to medium-sized industrial facilities with air emissions will be notably affected by this new regulation.  
This presentation is intended to walk you through the changes in the approval landscape, and allow you to understand how your business will be affected, and how you benefit from the new Ontario Regulation 1/17.

Learning Opportunities 

  1. Understand where your business fits into the updated MOECC approvals system. 
  2. Learn how to use the revised regulatory system to speed up the approval of your air emissions application. Which activities will be eligible for the EASR? Which activities will be exempt from the approvals process?
  3. Is the practitioner who provides you with technical assistance for your ECA a Licensed Engineering Practitioner (LEP) under the Act? What does your practitioner need to provide to you and you to them? 
  4. Learn how the fee structure for the new regulation may save you money.