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Policy on Managing Incomplete Claims for Exemption Filed under the HMIRA

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The Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau (WHMB) is implementing a new policy as of November 17, 2017 concerning all incomplete claims for exemption filed under the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act (HMIRA).  A copy of the new policy is provided for you below.

The intent of the policy is to establish a procedure to manage all incomplete claims for exemption to prevent claims from being placed on hold for an extended period of time. As per the procedures stated in the policy document, WHMB will be contacting specific claimants in the case of any outstanding claim applications that are currently on hold.

These claimants will be given 30 calendar days from the date of the notification to submit the required information to Health Canada or their claim will be rejected and all information will be destroyed.

If you have any question concerning the policy, please contact the Claims Registrar at:

WHMIS-SIMDUT.conf@hc-sc.gc.ca


For more information regarding HMIRA or this new policy, please contact Mark Roehler.

CEPA Guidelines for the Reduction of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas–fuelled Stationary Combustion Turbines Released

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CEPA Guidelines for the Reduction of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas–fuelled Stationary Combustion Turbines On November 18, 2017, notification of the release of the CEPA Guidelines for the Reduction of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas–fuelled Stationary Combustion Turbines were posted to the Canada Gazette. This guideline was developed to support the federal, provincial and territorial air quality management system (AQMS). The AQMS includes Canadian ambient air quality standards for fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone, base level industrial emissions requirements (BLIERs) and local air zone management by the provincial/territorial jurisdictions.

This guideline introduces a NOx emission limit that is up to 50% more stringent than emission limits set out in the national emission guidelines for stationary combustion turbines published by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) in 1992 for combustion turbines commissioned after January 1, 2020. The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change recommends that the appropriate regulatory authorities adopt the guidelines as a baseline emission limit for NOx from natural gas-fuelled stationary combustion turbines.

These guidelines will provide the basis for the provinces and territories to adopt policies which incorporate these NOx emission guidelines however, the guidelines do not prevent the provinces and territories from adopting more stringent emission requirements for combustion turbines. Additionally, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change continues to recommend those requirements of the 1992 CCME guidelines that have not been superseded by the requirements in this document.  A copy of the guideline is provided below.

LEHDER and Principal Mark Roehler Receive Several Awards

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LEHDER Receives Honorary Patron Award from Goodwill IndustriesLEHDER and specifically, Principal Mark Roehler, have recently been recognized and awarded for contributions within our community.  On Friday, November 10, 2017, LEHDER attended the Goodwill Industries 16th Annual Appreciation Luncheon.  At the luncheon, LEHDER was awarded the Honorary Patron Award, which was accepted by Mark Roehler.  Mark also accepted the Honorary Patron Award for Safe Communities Sarnia-Lambton in his role as President of the local chapter.

Additionally, Mark was recently awarded the 2017 Community Action Award from Threads of Life for his volunteer work in conjunction with the Sarnia Steps for Life committee.  Mark was only one of three recipients of this award in Canada.

LEHDER is dedicated to supporting our communities and are very honoured for this mandate and personal efforts to be recognized by the organizations we continue to support.


MSAPR Part 1 - Online Reporting Tool Webinars Scheduled for November

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MSAPR Part 1 - Online Reporting Tool WebinarsEnvironment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has released the second phase of the Online Reporting Tool (ORT), available through their Single Window (SWIM) reporting platform, for Part 1, Boilers and Heaters of the Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations (MSAPR).  To support the ORT's release, the ECCC has scheduled several webinars to provide a demonstration of the ORT.

This update includes the features required to comply with all the reporting requirements and the use of the ORT is mandatory under Section 120 of the MSAPR.

A document with the instructions for the ORT was also released. In addition, ECCC has also released the proposed template for proposed template for the signature of the authorized official. These documents and the webinar details are provided below.

 
Date
Time (1 hr)
 Language WebEx Link
 Monday
November 20
 13:00 EST
 English Click here
 Wednesday
November 22
 13:00 EST
 French Click here
 Thursday
November 23
 13:00 EST
 English Click here

Pre-registration is not required.  Instructions to access the webinars are provided below:

  • Click on the provided link for the webinar.
  • Click on “Register” for the event.
  • Complete the form, click Submit.
  • Click “Done,” the right hand side will have a “Join Now” enabled. It will launch a new window to connect you to the webinar.
  • Password: ‘MSAPR’ for all webinar sessions.
  • Follow the instructions and call into the webinar.

Once you have accessed the webinar, connect to the conference call:

Call-in toll-free number: 1-877-413-4781 (Canada)
Call-in number: 1-613-960-7510 (Canada)
Conference ID: 989 8414

For more information on the MSAPR, please contact Pete Pakalnis.

EBR Posting - Cumulative Effects Assessment in Air Approvals

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Cumulative Effects Assessment in Air ApprovalsOn November 9, 2017, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change posted a new proposed policy regarding Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) in air approvals on the EBR (EBR Registry #013-1680). The intent is to more effectively consider cumulative impacts from both industrial and non-industrial air pollution sources.

The proposed policy applies to air emissions of benzene and benzo[a]pyrene in the Hamilton/Burlington area and benzene in the Sarnia/Corunna area.  A comment period of 90 days is in effect; comments must be submitted by February 7, 2018.

Relevant documentation and comment submission information is provided below.


Proposal for Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) in Air Approvals Proposal for Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) in Air Approvals (132 KB)


Discussion Paper: Cumulative Effects Assessment in Air Approval Discussion Paper: Cumulative Effects Assessment in Air Approval (361 KB)

All comments on this proposal must be directed to:

Lubna I. Hussain
Manager
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Environmental Sciences and Standards Division
Standards Development Branch
40 St. Clair Avenue West
Floor 7
Toronto Ontario
M4V 1M2
Phone: (416) 212-0081
Fax: (416) 327-9187

To submit a comment online, click the submit button below:

For more information, please contact Penny McInnis.

MOECC Posts Proposal for a New SO2 Standard and Associated Transitional Operating Conditions Requirements for Ontario

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On October 27, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) posted the proposal to amend Ontario Regulation 419/05: Air Pollution - Local Air Quality (O. Reg. 419/05) to the Environmental Registry for sulphur dioxide (SO2). The proposed amendments would introduce updated air standards for SO2 and clarify the requirements for assessing operating conditions in O. Reg. 419/05. The phase-in period for the updated SO2 air standard is proposed to be five years.  A comment period of 45 days has been initiated and responses are required by December 11, 2017. The EBR Registry Number 013-0903 full post is available here.

The MOECC is proposing the following updates to the SO2 air emissions for O. Reg. 419.  Two documents have been prepared in order to support this proposed air standard: the Rationale for the development of Ontario Air Standards for Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)and the Science Discussion Document on the Development of Air Standards for Sulphur Dioxide (SO2).

The SO2 air standards are proposed as:

  • One hour (1-hr) standard of 100 μg/m3
  • Annual (year) standard of 10 μg/m3

The annual and 1 hour standards are proposed to be incorporated into Schedule 3 of O. Reg. 419/05.

This proposal also includes amendments to Schedule 6 for Upper Risk Thresholds (URTs) for SO2 and is proposed to be set at the level of the current SO2 air standards, namely:

  • 1-hour URT of 690 μg/m3 (section 20)
  • ½ hour URT of 830 μg/m3 (section 19)

Generally, URTs under O. Reg. 419/05 are not phased-in. Hence, there is no phase-in period proposed for the proposed SO2 URTs.

Transitional Operating Conditions

The proposed amendments also address section 10 of the Regulation and related guidance in Guideline A10: Procedure for Preparing an Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) Report to clarify inconsistent interpretations, which includes that all facilities will need to consider scenarios that include start-up and shut-down and when the facility is operating at its maximum design capacity. All other scenarios, when a facility is operating normally, will also need to be considered.

Considerations for Consequential Amendments

As a result of the proposed amendments to the SO2 air standards, the MOECC is also reviewing the need for consequential amendments to Ontario Regulation 350: Lambton Industrial Meteorological Alerts (LIMA). LIMA (O. Reg. 350) was introduced in 1981 to address the impacts of multiple industrial sources of sulphur dioxide in the Sarnia area. More information on these considerations is available here.

For more information, please contact Marnie Freer.

Pre-Notification of Updates to Ontario’s Air Dispersion Models

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On Monday October 2, 2017,  the MOECC issued the pre-notification for updates to the air dispersion models utilized for Ontario Regulatio 419/05: Air Pollution - Local Air Quality.  The pre-notification details are provided below but can also be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/pre-notification-updates-ontarios-air-dispersion-models

Ontario will be adopting new air dispersion models that are based on latest available science, to provide clarity and consistency to the regulated community and stakeholders.

Ontario’s local air quality regulation (O. Reg. 419/05: Air Pollution – Local Air Quality) under the Environmental Protection Act is part of the province’s air management framework. It regulates air contaminants released into communities by various sources, including local industrial and commercial facilities.

The regulation includes three compliance approaches for industry to demonstrate environmental performance and make improvements when required. Industry can:

  • meet the air standard
  • request and meet a site-specific standard,
  • or register and meet the requirements under a sector-based technical standard (if available).

Most Ontario facilities are regulated by the air standards compliance approach (i.e., meet the air standard), although all three approaches are allowable under the regulation. Models are part of the air standards and site-specific standards compliance approaches. Section 6 of O. Reg. 419/05 provides a list of approved dispersion models for use in assessing compliance with air standards or site-specific standards under the regulation. Currently, the approved dispersion models include:

1. The AERMOD dispersion model (version 14314) and AERMET meteorological preprocessor (version 14314) available from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) website.

2. The ASHRAE method of calculation. Section 1(1) of O. Reg. 419/05 defines the “ASHRAE method of calculation” to mean the method of calculation described in Chapter 44 (Building Air Intake and Exhaust Design) of the 2015 ASHRAE Handbook — HVAC Applications, published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

3. The SCREEN3 dispersion model on the USEPA’s website, or available from the MOECC.

4. The method of calculation required by the Appendix to Regulation 346, if section 19 of O. Reg. 419/05 applies to the discharges.

In addition, section 13 of O. Reg. 419/05 references regional surface and upper air meteorological data for use with AERMOD that must be processed by the AERMET computer program.

Under subsection 177 (6) of the Environmental Protection Act, the adoption of an amendment to a document that has been incorporated by reference (e.g. AERMOD/AERMET/ASHRAE), comes into effect once the MOECC publishes a notice of the amendment in either The Ontario Gazette or the Environmental Registry under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), 1993.

Accordingly, in April 2018 the MOECC will be posting an Information Notice on the Environmental Registry to replace current regulatory air dispersion models under O. Reg. 419/05 with the following updated model versions:

  • AERMOD dispersion model
    • Will be updated to AERMOD version 16216r (version date December 20, 2016)
  • AERMET meteorological pre-processor
    • Will be updated to AERMET version 16216 (version date December 20, 2016), and
  • ASHRAE method of calculation
    • Will be updated to Chapter 45 (Building Air Intake and Exhaust Design) of the 2015 ASHRAE Handbook – HVAC Applications

The ministry will make the approved dispersion models available through the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) website.

Ontario Regional Meteorological data sets that have been reprocessed with AERMET 16216 (version date December 20, 2016) will also be available at the above noted website link once the Information Notice is posted on the Environmental Registry (under EBR). Until that time, proponents may request copies of the re-processed meteorological datasets from the Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch at MetDataENE@ontario.ca.

Because air dispersion models will continue to evolve in the future, MOECC developed an implementation plan for model version updates, with input from stakeholders, which provides clarity. Key elements of this annual process include the following:

  • Monitoring and assessing regulatory model update developments on an ongoing basis and discussing with stakeholders, as required.
  • Notifying stakeholders, every year, six months in advance of formally adopting updated versions of the models. This will give facilities time to determine if they will be affected by model updates and if so, to contact their local district office for assistance in developing a path forward, as needed.
  • Posting an Information Notice on the Environmental Registry (EBR) six months following pre-notification to formally adopt the updated model versions. We will adopt updated model versions annually as necessary.
  • Updating regulatory data files/instruments, and guidance materials to reflect the adoption of updated model versions, as necessary.

Additional information may also be obtained from:

Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Air Quality Monitoring and Transboundary Air Sciences Section
Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch
125 Resources Road, Toronto, ON M9P 3V6
E-mail: MetDataENE@ontario.ca
General Inquiries: 416-235-6171

For more information, please contact Penny McInnis.

Notice of Intent to Remove 83 Substances from the Non-domestic Substances List

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Notice of Intent to Remove 83 Substances from NDSLOn September 23, 2017, a Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I to amend the Non-domestic Substances List (NDSL) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) to remove 83 substances. A list of the Chemical Abstract Services Registry Numbers of these 83 substances can be found in the Notice of Intent.

Comments must be submitted within 60 days of publication of the Notice of Intent. Provision of information on commercial activities that may be pertinent to this initiative should be included. In accordance with section 313 of CEPA, any person who provides information may submit, with the information, a request that it be treated as confidential.

All comments must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of the notice and be sent to following address:

By Mail

Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3

By Messenger

Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
171 Jean-Proulx Street
Gatineau, QC J8Z 1W5

By Email

eccc.substances.eccc@canada.ca

Updates to AEP's Review of the 1998 CEMS Code

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Updates to AEP's Review of the 1998 CEMS CodeAlberta Environment and Parks (AEP) had issued a solicitation for feedback regarding the 1998 Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) Code; comments were accepted until July 19, 2017. The AEP has issued a follow-up email regarding the next steps in drafting the revision of the CEMS Code. This information is provided below, please note the email distribution lists you can join in order to receive forthcoming updates directly.

Thank you very much to those who provided comments and suggestions on the 1998 CEMS Code. We received a lot of feedback and were encouraged to see many common themes.

We have reviewed the feedback and will continue to use it as we work on completing a draft revised CEMS Code. We will not be providing responses to the comments submitted at this time. We will incorporate all that we heard into the draft we prepare, but do not have resolution at this time as to how each suggestion will be addressed.

We did receive requests for further information on the revision process. Here are some details that we are able to share at this time:

  • AEP in collaboration with the AER, will be reviewing in further detail the feedback submitted.

  • Comments and suggestions will be used to draft a revised CEMS Code. Once a draft is complete, it will be posted for stakeholder review and comment (a 60-day review period), via the Air Monitoring Directive website.

  • Communication to stakeholders will be via the AMD email distribution list and the CEMS Users email distribution list.Information on how to join those lists is provided below.

  • We are not able to confirm when a draft will be available for review, however we are aiming to have revision team work completed by the end of calendar year 2017. The date for completion of the final revised Code will depend on when the draft is posted and what feedback is received on the draft.

  • A “coming into force” date has not yet been decided, however that will be part of the draft posted for review.

Those interested to receive updates on this work can sign up for one of the following email distribution lists:

AMD Feedback email distribution list available from: http://aep.alberta.ca/air/legislation/air-monitoring-directive/default.aspx

CEMS Users email distribution list available from: http://aep.alberta.ca/air/reports-data/continuous-emissions-monitoring/default.aspx

Thank you again for your participation. Please let us know if you have questions.

If you have any questions regarding the 1998 CEMS Code or the Air Monitoring Directive, please contact Mike Denomme.

Alberta Review of OHS Act Underway

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Alberta OHS Act Review 2017The Alberta Government is currently reviewing the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act; comments will be accepted until October 16, 2017.  This is the first comprehensive review of the Act since it was enacted in 1976.

The review encompasses not only the legislation but also enforcement, compliance, education, awareness and preventative efforts.  Some of the topics include clarification of the roles of employers and workers responsibilities under the legislation, improving worker engagement and renewed focus on prevention of injury and illness.

Comments will be accepted until October 16, 2017.  The Alberta Government has provided a discussion paper to provide background and direction on completing your review of the Act.  The discussion paper can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.alberta.ca/ohs-review-discussion-paper.aspx

An online survey is also available for interested stakeholders.  Participation is anonymous and the survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Comments can also be submitted via mail or email at:

OHS System Review Secretariat
8th Floor, Labour Building
10808 - 99 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 0G5

Tel: 780-427-2688

Email: lbr.review@gov.ab.ca

For additional information regarding the Alberta OHS Act, please contact Mark Roehler.