Comment Period Open for Proposed New Sulphur Dioxide Regulations for Ontario Petroleum Facilities

     Posted by LEHDER News on

On March 20, 2018, the Ministry of Environment, Parks and Conservation (MECP) posted their decision to update the air standards for sulphur dioxide (SO2) and clarify regulatory requirements to help to reduce risks to communities near industrial facilities. Included in this decision were:

  • the updating of the 1 hour average and annual average SO2 air standards within Ontario Regulation 419/05 and the Air Contaminants Benchmarks List, which come into force on January 1, 2023; 
  • implementation of the 1/2 hour and 1 hour Upper Risk Threshold values to be phased in on January 1, 2019; and
  • amendment to Section 10 of O. Reg. 419/05 for facility modelling of transitional operating conditions (TOCs).

The update to O. Reg. 419/05  was promulgated on July 1, 2018.  For additional background information, please refer to full Environmental Registry of Ontario  (ERO Registry Number 013-0903) post.

Proposed Regulation for Petroleum Facilities

On November 15, 2018, the MECP posted the New regulation to help reduce SO2 emissions from Ontario petroleum facilities proposal to the ERO for comments (ERO Number 013-4126)The comment period is open until December 15, 2018.

The intent of this new regulation is to increase accountability by petroleum facilities in order to reduce emissions of SO2 and provide immediate actions to that would improve management of flaring events and greater accountability through reporting, enhanced monitoring and the introduction of environmental penalties.

Under the proposed regulation, petroleum facilities in Ontario would now be required to:

  • calculate SO2 emissions from flaring incidents and, within two to four years, install continuous in-stack monitoring equipment
  • report SO2 flaring incidents
  • submit reports to the ministry that analyze the root cause of flaring incidents and set out corrective and preventive actions to be taken
  • submit plans to the ministry for reducing emissions of SO2 and flaring incidents at the facility within one year
  • engage the local community about SO2 emissions and plans to address the emissions

For additional background on the proposed regulation, please refer to the ERO post.


Comments can only be submitted online through the ERO website or by mail until December 15, 2018.

To submit comments online, you must have a valid ERO account and submit them directly through the link in the post.  However, comments can be submitted anonymously here.

Comments can be submitted by mail to:

Rudolph Wan
Local Air Quality Permits
40 St. Clair Avenue West
7th Floor
Toronto ON M4V 1M2

If you have any additional questions, please contact Penny McInnis.

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program Resources Available

     Posted by LEHDER News on

The following information was disseminated by the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program of Environment and Climate Change Canada on May 4, 2018 and includes a list of resources now available for 2017RY GHG Reporting.


Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) is accepting GHG reports for the 2017 calendar year:

Available Resources

Here are resources available to help you report to the GHGRP (includes newly added resources).

We conducted several Webex information sessions in April to explain the general requirements (for all facilities) and newly expanded requirements (for specific facilities). We also gave a demonstration on how to use the Single Window to submit a GHG report.

NEW! Below are links to the information provided during these sessions.

Questions? Please contact us by telephone or email.

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program
Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada
Tel: 819-938-3258
Toll Free: 1-877-877-8375
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program Website

For more information on GHG reporting requirements, please contact Marnie Freer.

Policy Summary on Cumulative Effects Assessment in Air Approvals

     Posted by LEHDER News on

In November 2017, the MOECC proposed an air approvals policy with the intent to more effectively consider cumulative impacts from multiple air pollution sources. The final policy decision notice was published on the Environmental Registry of Ontario (formerly EBR) on April 26, 2017. The policy will take effect on October 1, 2018.

Impacted Facilities

The policy applies to ECA applications for new or expanding facilities located in Sarnia/Corunna that emit benzene, and those in Hamilton/Burlington that emit benzene or Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). Key definitions are shown below.

New Facility: no construction of any part of the facility has occurred before the date that the ECA application was received by the Ministry, and no ECA has been issued in respect of any part of the facility before the date that the ECA application was received by the Ministry.

Expanding Facility: the application involves a modification at the facility that will result in an increase in production rate; or a net increase in the POI concentrations for benzene or benzo[a]pyrene compared to the ESDM report that was submitted in respect of the facility’s current approval; or an increase in emissions of benzene or benzo[a]pyrene.

The MOECC has conducted multi-source modelling to identify areas of elevated contaminant concentrations within these cities and has classified specific areas according to the level of cancer risk (Level 1/2/3). Sarnia/Corunna is classified as a Level 1 area, and Hamilton/Burlington has a mix of levels 1, 2 and 3.

Required Actions

Areas with higher cancer risk will be required to undertake more detailed assessments to support ECA applications, and may be required to install specific equipment in accordance with Technology Benchmarking studies. The Action Levels and required actions are detailed in the table below. 

Action Level Cumulative Concentration/ Lifetime Incremental Combined Cancer Risk Management Actions
N/A <1 in a million Does not trigger further action
1 1 to 10 in a million No further action for industry.
Triggers periodic evaluation (by ministry) to determine if the Action Level changes
2 > 10 to 100 in a million ECA Applications for new or expanding facilities may be required to:
1. include a technology benchmarking report with some exceptions
2. include best available pollution control methods
3 > 100 in a million ECA Applications for new or expanding facilities may be required to:
1. include a technology benchmarking report with some exceptions
2. include pollution control methods to achieve the lowest possible emission rates as compared to an  existing pollution source of the same kind globally

Impacted facilities located in Action Level 2 or 3 areas will be required to participate in pre-consultation with Approvals Branch at least 9 months prior to submission of the ECA application. The meeting will provide the MOECC an understanding of dominant sources and assist in determining the scope of the Technology Benchmarking Report (TBR).

Facilities located in Sarnia/Corunna will not be required to complete any additional actions for their ECA applications under this policy since the entire area is classified as a Level 1 at present. However, it should be anticipated that additional scrutiny and detailed review of calculations, modelling and documentation related to benzene is a potential.


Following are the link to the ERO posting on this policy decision and related policy documentation.

EBR Posting


ERO Posting

Note: You may receive a 404 error message if you have not created an account to the beta ERO system

Policy Document

Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) in Air Approvals Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) in Air Approvals (118 KB)

For more information on the CEA, please contact Marnie Freer.

Alberta AMD Chapter 7 Calibration Draft Amendment Posted

     Posted by LEHDER News on

Environment and Parks has amended AMD Chapter 7 Calibration based on feedback received from airsheds. A draft has been posted to the AMD website for 60-day public review. Comments/feedback must be submitted by June 27, 2018 to AMDFeedback@gov.ab.ca.

Chapter 7 Calibration is applicable to anyone who conducts continuous ambient air monitoring. The chapter sets out the minimum requirements for calibration of continuous ambient air analyzers and meteorological sensors. Section 1.1 “Amendments” outlines what changes have been made in this draft. You can access the draft from the AMD Public Review website: http://aep.alberta.ca/air/legislation-and-policy/air-monitoring-directive/amd-public-review.aspx.

As well, you can access a recording of the April 17th AMD Q&A Webcast from the AMD website homepage: http://aep.alberta.ca/air/legislation-and-policy/air-monitoring-directive/

The questions asked during the webcast, as well as some that came in via email after the webcast, have been posted with responses.

Air Monitoring Directive - Feedback
Air Policy | Alberta Environment and Parks
1st flr, Oxbridge Place, 9820 - 106 Street,
Edmonton AB T5K 2J6 | Tel: 780-427-6873

Recent EBR Decisions - Cumulative Effects, ACB List and Toxics Reduction Act/O. Reg. 455/09

     Posted by LEHDER News on

The MOECC has posted multiple decisions recently to the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO, formerly referred to as the Environmental Registry, or EBR).  A brief overview and links to the appropriate documents/ ERO postings are available below.

Amendments to Ontario Regulation 455/09 and Creation of a New Services Documents Regulation under the Toxics Reduction Act

Decision Posted: April 24, 2018
ERO Number: 012-8583

Decision Summary

We have changed when facilities have to review their toxic reduction plans. This will help to align the first two plan reviews with federal timelines and ensure facilities plan and report on current and relevant toxic substances. We also made a new regulation to provide more options to serve documents making it consistent with other regulations.

The full EOR posting is available at https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/012-8583?mc_cid=3b1a5feaf0&mc_eid=4e23b95e90

Cumulative Effects Assessment in Air Approvals

Decision Posted: April 26, 2018
ERO Number: 013-1680

Decision Summary

We have a new policy to improve how we consider cumulative impacts from multiple air pollution sources. The policy applies to air emissions of benzene and benzo[a]pyrene in the Hamilton/Burlington area and benzene in the Sarnia/Corunna area.

Note: This will guide decisions on ECAs for new or expanding facilities and will apply to all ECA applications submitted after October 1, 2018.

The full ERO posting is available at https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-1680; a copy of the policy is also provided below.

Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) in Air Approvals Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) in Air Approvals (118 KB)

New/Updated Screening Levels for the Air Contaminants Benchmarks (ACB) List

Decision Posted: April 27, 2018
ERO Number: 013-2207

Decision Summary

We have updated the Air Contaminants Benchmarks (ACB) list with new or updated screening levels for over 4,500 air contaminants.

Note: This update to the ACB list also includes the new and updated air standards for sulphur dioxide, announced on March 20, 2018 (ERO# 013-0903)

The full ERO posting is available at https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-2207


AWMA Breakfast Session May 2, 2018 - 2018 NPRI Reporting Requirements

     Posted by LEHDER News on

AWMA Ontario SectionLEHDER is pleased to be hosting the AWMA Breakfast Series teleconference session on May 2, 2018. 

The Sarnia Breakfast will teleconference into the session taking place in Ottawa.  

The 2018 NPRI Reporting Requirements session will be presented by Jeff Gleeson, P. Eng., Senior Program Engineer with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

This presentation will discuss the 2018 reporting requirements for the National Pollutant Release Inventory and how the data collected from industry is used.


Sign-In and Breakfast - 7:30 A.M. (Please email us with any food allergies or restrictions one week prior to your registered session).

Presentation - 7:45 A.M. until 9:30 A.M.

LEHDER Environmental Services Limited
Suite 210, 704 Mara Street
Point Edward, Ontario
N7V 1X4
Contact: Shawna Graham
Tel: 519-336-4101 ext 252
$25 AWMA Member
$35 Non-member
$10 AWMA Student Member
$20 Student Non-Member
$5 No prior notification surcharge


For additional information and to register for this session, please visit:

2018 NPRI Reporting Requirements

Online registration requires payment via PayPal.   You may also pay cash at the door; funds will be forwarded to AWMA and a receipt will be provided.  To prevent the "$5 no prior notification surcharge" please email us if you are attending so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Policy on Managing Incomplete Claims for Exemption Filed under the HMIRA

     Posted by LEHDER News on

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:


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

     Posted by LEHDER News on

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

     Posted by LEHDER News on

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

     Posted by LEHDER News on

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.

Time (1 hr)
 Language WebEx Link
November 20
 13:00 EST
 English Click here
November 22
 13:00 EST
 French Click here
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.