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LEHDER To Host AWMA Breakfast Series January 19, 2016

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AWMA Ontario SectionLEHDER is pleased to be hosting the AWMA Breakfast series on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016. Eric Loi, a Senior Engineer Industrial Specialist from the Air Policy Instruments and Program Design Branch of the MOECC will be presenting on the Recent amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulation to Support Cap and Trade

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

TIMES:
Sign-In and Breakfast - 7:30 A.M. (Please email us with any food allergies or restrictions prior to January 14, 2016.)
Presentation - 8:00 A.M. until 9:00 A.M.

LOCATION:  COSTS: 
 
LEHDER Environmental Services Limited
Suite 210, 704 Mara Street
Point Edward, Ontario
N7V 1X4
Contact: Unam Ejaz
Tel: 519-336-4101 ext 298
$30 AWMA Member
$40 Non-member
$10 AWMA Student Member
$15 Student Non-Member
$5 No prior notification surcharge

REGISTRATION:

Please register via the AWMA website:

http://awma.on.ca/sbsregistration

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.

 

LEHDER Annual Regulatory & Training Calendars Available

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LEHDER 2016 CalendarsLEHDER is pleased to provide our clients with a Regulatory Reporting Calendar for important dates to remember for Ontario Reporting requirements.

Also available are LEHDER's 2016 in-class training calendars for both Alberta and Ontario. Additional information in regards to LEHDER's regulatory training capabilities are provided on the Regulatory Training page.

 Please feel free to download the documents from the links below.

LEHDER's spring regulatory training sessions begin in March - to view the courses available in your region, please select the appropriate province below.

For more information in regards to LEHDER's regulatory training capabilities, please contact Mark Roehler.

Technical Q&A Session for CEPA Section 71 on Nanomaterials

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The Government of Canada would like to inform you that a technical question & answer session will take place on January 20, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST, to address common technical issues raised by stakeholders on the Notice with respect to certain nanomaterials in Canadian commerce.

The technical question & answer session will provide stakeholders with additional technical guidance to supplement the Information Sessions for CMP – Information Gathering under Section 71 of CEPA 1999 for Nanomaterials, to assist in achieving compliance with the Section 71 Notice.

You are encouraged to submit your technical questions by Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST to allow time for the preparation of responses.  Please submit your questions to the Substances Management Coordinator at ec.substances.ec@canada.ca (use the subject line “Nanomaterials technical question”).

To participate in the session, please use the following dial-in information:

Phone number:  613-960-7526 (local) or 1-877-413-4814 (toll free in Canada and the US)

Pass code:  9658556

A reminder that responses to this Notice must be provided no later than February 23, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST, using the online reporting system available through Environment Canada’s Single Window.

 A copy of the Notice and the guidance document is available from the Chemical Substances Web site.   

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

                Substances Management Coordinator
                Telephone: 1-800-567-1999/819-938-3232
                E-mail: ec.substances.ec@canada.ca 

 

Hazardous Waste Fee Increase Effective January 1, 2016

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HWIN Fee IncreaseIn August 2015, the MOECC proposed a regulation to amend O. Reg. 347 under the Environmental Protection Act to raise the tonnage component of the Hazardous Waste Fee.  LEHDER's blog post from August is available here.

Regulation 347 has been amended for the increase to Hazardous Waste Fees.  Effective January 1, 2016, the tonnage component will be increased from $10 to $20 per tonne for hazardous waste transferred or disposed of between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.  This will be increased further to $30 per tonne as of January 1, 2017.

If you ship only liquid industrial waste, the increase will not impact you as there are no tonnage fees associated with this waste.

The ministry will work with businesses to ensure that the transition is as efficient as possible.  Options to improve service delivery and reduce administrative burdens on generators are also currently being explored.

For contact and additional information, please view Environmental Registry posting 012-3915.

For more information, please contact LEHDER Principal Mark Roehler

 

MOECC Cap and Trade Program Design Options - Comments Required

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MOECC Cap and Trade Design Options

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released a discussion paper titled Cap-and-Trade Program Design Options, providing the public with its first detailed look at the design options being considered for the province's anticipated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cap-and-trade system.

What You Need To Know

The MOECC is accepting comments on the discussion paper until December 16, and will be incorporating that feedback into draft cap-and-trade regulations that are expected to be released in early 2016. 

Several key issues must be resolved before then, such as determining:

  • who will be responsible for certain GHG emissions, particularly in the energy sector where a cap can be imposed on the end-users of fossil fuels (such as natural-gas fired generators) or upstream on the importers and distributors of those fuels;
  • to what extent certain industries, particularly high-emitting and trade-exposed industries, should be allocated free emissions allowances or required to purchase those allowances at an auction; and
  • whether and how to impose a tariff on imported fossil fuels and carbon-intensive electricity to level the playing field for domestic fuel producers and electricity generators that will face a price on carbon.

To view the Environmental Registry posting or provide comments by December 16, 2015, please click here.

EBR Registry No. 012-5666


Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan

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Alberta's ClAlberta's Climate Leadership Planimate Leadership Plan accelerates the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone, and sets emission limits for the oil sands. 

The plan is based on the advice from the Climate Change Advisory Panel after consultation with stakeholders and individual Albertans this past fall.  The plan will also include broad programs to improve energy efficiency, support green technological innovations, reduce methane, and provide support to ensure families and small businesses are protected.

The government will legislate an overall oil sands emission limit; this limit will promote economic growth through application of technology to reduce carbon output by barrel.

Alberta's plan includes achievable carbon pollution reduction measures, while using the revenues from the plan to help Alberta adapt and thrive in a lower-carbon economy.  An overview of the plan is below.

Electricity and Renewables

  • Alberta will phase out all pollution created by burning coal and transition to more renewable energy and natural gas generation by 2030.
  • Three principles will shape the coal phase-out: maintaining reliability; providing reasonable stability in prices to consumers and business; and, ensuring that capital is not unnecessarily stranded.
  • Two-thirds of coal-generated electricity will be replaced by renewables – primarily wind power – while natural gas generation will continue to provide firm base load reliability.
  • Renewable energy sources will comprise up to 30 per cent of Alberta’s electricity production by 2030.

Carbon Pricing

  • A price on carbon provides an incentive for everyone to reduce greenhouse gas pollution that causes climate change.
  • Alberta will phase in this pricing in two steps.
    • $20/tonne economy-wide in January 2017
    • $30/tonne economy-wide in January 2018
  • An overall oil sands emission limit of 100 megatonnes will be set, with provisions for new upgrading and co-generation.

Methane Reduction

In collaboration with industry, environmental organizations, and affected First Nations, Alberta will implement a methane reduction strategy to reduce emissions by 45% from 2014 levels by 2025.

Revenue Neutral

  • One-hundred per cent of proceeds from carbon pricing will be reinvested in Alberta.
  • A portion of collected revenues will be invested directly into measures to reduce pollution, including clean energy research and technology; green infrastructure, such as public transit; and, programs to help Albertans reduce their energy use.
  • Other revenues will be invested in an adjustment fund that will help individuals and families make ends meet; provide transition support to small businesses, First Nations, and people working in affected coal facilities.

The full Alberta Climate Leadership Report is available for viewing here.


Alberta’s Air Monitoring Directive – Will You Be In Compliance With Chapter 5?

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Alberta Air Monitoring DirectiveAlberta’s Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements for monitoring and reporting air quality in the province of Alberta.  The AMD was originally written in 1989 with an amendment released in 2006 but it does not reflect current practices.  The AMD is currently under review and revision – the 9 chapters of the AMD will be implemented after a thorough public review period, with several chapters already in place.

AMD Chapter 5 is referred to as the Quality System Chapter and was released on June 20, 2014.  The purpose of this chapter is to establish a set of consistent requirements for the documentation, implementation and maintenance of a Quality System to:

  •   Verify the quality of air monitoring data;

  •   Establish consistency in air monitoring practices;

  •   Ensure comparability of data; and

  •  Ensure that air monitoring, reporting and maintenance activities are delivered with   consistent quality.


Who Does Chapter 5 Affect?

Chapter 5 of the AMD affects:

  •  Alberta airsheds and industrial operations who conduct air monitoring and reporting; and

  •  Alberta airsheds or industrial operations who hire contractors to conduct ambient air  monitoring or reporting on their behalf.

Chapter 5 does not include requirements for CEMS monitoring as the Alberta Environmental Protection CEMS Code (1998) already includes requirements for a Quality Assistance Plan.

When Do I Need to Be In Compliance?

Chapter 5 of the AMD was released on June 20, 2014 with the compliance date of June 20, 2015.

How Can LEHDER Help?

For support on this topic or to obtain a copy of the LEHDER AMD Chapter 5 Factsheet , please contact LEHDER Principal Mike Denomme.

LEHDER 20th Anniversary Open House

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LEHDER Open House 2015LEHDER would like to thank our clients and friends who joined us on November 5, 2015, for our Client Appreciation Open House in celebration of our 20th anniversary.

Thank you to everyone who attended as well as Copper Kettle catering for providing our refreshments for the evening and the DMI Professional Building for allowing us to host our event in the picturesque atrium of our Point Edward office building.

To see how LEHDER's celebrated throughout the year, please go to our 20th Anniversary page; an overview of LEHDER's 20 year history by LEHDER President, Sid Lethbridge, can be viewed here

MOECC Adopts Updated Air Dispersion Models for Ontario Regulation 419/05

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MOECC Air Dispersion Model UpdatesOn November 2, 2015, the MOECC published the notification of the adoption of updated approved air dispersion models under O.Reg.419/05 to the EBR (Registry # 012-5177).  The use of these updated air dispersion models is effective immediately.

The MOECC has replaced existing approved modeling versions under O. Reg. 419/05 as follows:

1.    AERMOD dispersion model version 14134 (version date May 14, 2014) used in conjunction with AERMET meteorological pre-processor version 14134 (version date May 14, 2014)

REPLACES - AERMOD dispersion model (version 07026) used in conjunction with the AERMET meteorological preprocessor (version 06341).

2.    ASHRAE method of calculation described in Chapter 45 (Building Air Intake and Exhaust Design) of the 2011 ASHRAE Handbook – HVAC Applications.

REPLACES  - the method of calculation for same structure contamination described in Chapter 44 (Building Air Intake and Exhaust Design) of the 2007 ASHRAE Handbook — HVAC Applications, published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

To view the full EBR posting of these updates, please click here.

For more information on how these updates may impact your facility, please contact Penny McInnis.

Climate Law - Operating in a Cap and Trade System Seminar

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Gowlings, oClick here for Climate Law: Operating in a Cap and Trade Systemne of Toronto's leading business law firms, is holding a seminar in regards to the Ontario Cap and Trade System for business.  The details on this seminar follow - you can click here for more information and to register.


From Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 2015 the world will meet in Paris for the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework on Climate Change. “Paris 2015” is billed as a crucial conference — an effort to achieve a new international agreement on climate applicable to all nations.  

The position of the new Government of Canada going into Paris 2015 is uncertain. In this country it is the provinces which have taken the lead on climate action. One mechanism adopted at the provincial level, by Quebec and Alberta, is the implementation of a greenhouse gas cap and trade system. The Province of Ontario has announced that it too will implement a cap and trade system, linked to the systems already functioning in Quebec and California.

This seminar will explore what cap and trade means for those in the capped sectors as well as for their stakeholders. It will also explore what opportunities there may be for participation by those in unregulated sectors. We will address questions such as:

  • How are the caps set?
  • How does one acquire an emission allowance?
  • How are allowances traded?
  • What are offset credits, and how are they issued and traded?
  • How do linkages work between jurisdictions?
  • What are the business opportunities, and risks, in a cap and trade system?
  • What is project carbon finance all about? Who are the participants and what are the opportunities?
  • What does cap and trade mean for shareholders, lenders, and other stakeholders? 

Our speakers bring a legal and business perspective to the topic, from Ontario, Quebec and California.