Toxics Reduction Strategy

The purpose of the Toxics Reduction Act (2009) and Ontario Regulation 455/09 is to reduce the industrial use of toxic substances in Ontario via identification and reduction planning.


The purpose of the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and Ontario Regulation 455/09 is to reduce the industrial use of toxic substances in Ontario via identification and reduction planning.

The list of Toxics is based on the NPRI List and has been split into two Phases in this Regulation. There are 96 contaminants on the Phase 1 Toxics List and the first reporting year will be 2010 which makes the timeline associated with this regulation extremely tight. Facilities will have to scramble in order to put appropriate tracking systems/processes in place to gather the required information.

The Phase 2 Toxics list contains all other NPRI contaminants and will be phased in two years later, with an initial reporting year of 2012.

Under the Regulation, the main steps for industry will be:

  1. Establish baseline "usage" data starting with the 2010 operating year.
  2. Create Toxics Reduction Plan
  3. Submit Reduction Plan Summary and Progress Reports

Establishing the baseline usage data will require an enormous amount of work, and is entirely dependent on how many processes are identified for a facility.

Who Will Be Required to Report?

If your facility:

  • NAICS code begins with "31", "32", "33" and "212" [only if activities include chemical refinement, extraction or concentration of an ore]

          and

  • reports releases or transfers of a contaminant under NPRI, you will need to report under this Regulation.

How Is This Different From NPRI?

The National Pollutant Release Inventory tracks releases and transfers of listed contaminants from facilities on an annual basis. This Regulation has a much broader scope. It will require facilities to conduct process accounting in order to prepare a mass balance of toxic materials within internal process(es).

In addition to quantifying the amount of each contaminant that is released or transferred offsite, the facility will need to track usage from arrival onsite, and through each process in which it is used or created. Further, reduction plans need to address options for decreasing usage within each of those steps.

A summary of the Reduction Plan must be submitted to the MOECC and the plan summary will be made public. Every year, the facility must provide an update on the reduction options identified in the plan to show progress to the public.

Questions?

For more detailed information on the Toxics Reduction Strategy, please contact:

Marnie Freer

Penny McInnis