Changes to Toxics Reduction Regulations – 2018 Reporting Year

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Changes to Toxics Reduction Regulations – 2018 Reporting Year

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has promulgated changes to the Toxics Reduction Reporting requirements by amending O. Reg. 455/09 and finalizing the planned repeal of the Toxics Reduction Act and associated Regulations.  The Act and Regulations will be repealed as of December 31, 2021.  Therefore, annual Toxics Accounting Reports will be required on June 1, 2019, June 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021 for substances that have been previously reported.  There won’t be any further regulatory obligations after June of 2021.

In accordance with the amended O. Reg. 455/09, reporting will still be required until the repeal date of December 31, 2021.  However, facilities do not have to submit an annual Toxics Accounting Report (due June 1, annually) if:

  • A substance triggered the threshold for the first time in 2018 (new substance does not require reporting)
  • The facility has never reported under this program but met the reporting threshold in 2018 for the first time (no report required)
  • The facility previously submitted an exit record for a substance, but triggered again in 2018 (substance does not require reporting) 

Facilities that have reported in previous years must continue to submit annual Toxics Accounting Reports for all substances previously reported that also meet the threshold in 2018. The amended Regulation also eliminates the requirement to review/update Toxics Reduction Plans and submit the associated Plan Summaries which originally had a due date of December 31, 2019.   More details are available on the Toxics Reduction Program website.  Contact LEHDER for more information and assistance.