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LEHDER Nominated for the 2017 Canadian Occupational Safety Readers’ Choice Awards

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Canadian Occupational SafetyLEHDER is honoured to be nominated in the 'Environmental Consultants' category for the 2017 Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) Readers’ Choice Awards. 

The COS Readers' Choice Awards identify the preferred vendors and providers as voted by their readers. Voting is open until April 28, 2017 and the survey to vote for your favourite safety suppliers can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z36CZYS

COS is also offering a chance at a $100 gift card to Amazon.ca as a thank you for completing the survey.  Good luck to all the nominees!


Transport Canada Accepting Comments on Proposed Changes to Emergency Response Assistance Plans

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TDGR Part 7 ERAP Comment PeriodIn December of 2016, the Final Report and Recommendations of the Emergency Response Task Force (ERTF) were published online. Transport Canada has reviewed these recommendations and developed proposals for regulatory amendments and supporting guidance materials and is currently accepting comments on these proposed to changes to the TDG Regulations Part 7 - Emergency Response Assistance Plans.  The full article can be viewed here:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/clear-modifications-menu-261.htm#reg

Transport Canada (TC) is looking for feedback on the proposed changes to the ERAP requirements (Part 7) of the TDG Regulations and ideas on how to develop explanatory guidance materials. Comments can be submitted until May 1, 2017.  Using this feedback, the regulatory amendments and guidance materials will be developed and posted to the Canada Gazette, Part I, for a 30 day comment period.

To review the proposals in the consultation document, visit www.letstalktransportation.ca/part7eraps. The online consultation tool allows you to provide your input via direct online submission or by e-mail.

Should you wish to contact TC directly, or should you experience problems with the online link, TC has provided the following contact information:

By e-mail at:

TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca, with the subject heading “Part 7 – Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs)”.

By mail at:

Regulatory Affairs Branch Transportation of Dangerous Goods Transport Canada

Place de Ville, Tower, 330 Sparks Street, 9th Floor Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0N5


For additional information in regards to the TDG Regulations, please contact Mark Roehler.

Mark Roehler to Present at 2nd Annual Dangerous Goods Conference

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2nd Dangerous Goods ConferenceOn April 28, 2017, LEHDER Principal Mark Roehler will be presenting at IDC Technologies' 2nd Dangerous Goods Conference in Toronto, ON.  Mr. Roehler's presentation, titled Hazardous Waste, Ontario Subject Waste and Dangerous Goods - Relationships and Classifications will define each of these and discuss their similarities, yet differences, in classification from a shipping perspective. Various scenarios will be used to illustrate how documentation (bill of lading or waste manifest) should be completed to maintain compliance with TDG and provincial waste regulations. 

Additional information in regards to the full day conference schedule and registration is provided below:

IDC Technologies website - conference information and registration

DG Conference Brochure - April 28, 2017 DG Conference Brochure - April 28, 2017 (912 KB)

For more information, please contact Mark Roehler.

Environmental Registry Decision on Updated Guidelines for the Local Air Quality Regulation (O. Regulation 419/05: Air Pollution – Local Air Quality)

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On March 8, 2017, updated guidance documents for Local Air Quality Regulation (O. Regulation 419/05: Air Pollution – Local Air Quality) were posted to the Environmental Registry. 

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has updated guidance on technical requirements that support the ministry’s risk framework for air standards, site-specific standard, technical standards and Upper Risk Thresholds (URTs) under the Local Air Quality Regulation (O. Regulation 419/05: Air Pollution – Local Air Quality) made under the Environmental Protection Act. The web links and documents for the updated documents are provided below:

Guideline for the Implementation of Air Standards in Ontario (Guideline A-12)

Guideline for the Implementation of Air Standards in Ontario (GIASO) Guideline for the Implementation of Air Standards in Ontario (GIASO) (3619 KB)

Guide to Requesting a Site-Specific Standard

Guide to Requesting a Site-specific Standard Guide to Requesting a Site-specific Standard (1552 KB)

Guide to Applying for Registration to the Technical Standards Registry – Air Pollution


The full EBR post can be viewed here:

https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI1MDMz&statusId=MTk0OTI0&language=en

For more information on these guidance documents, please contact Marnie Freer.

LEHDER Training Updates & Mark Roehler Obtains Certified Online Training Professional Designation

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Mark Roehler Receives Certified Online Training Professional (COTP) DesignationLEHDER is pleased to announce Principal Mark Roehler has obtained the Certified Online Training Professional designation from the International Council for Certified Online Training Professionals.  Congratulations, Mark!

LEHDER's O. Reg. 347 Subject Waste Webinar Series is currently underway with only 3 sessions left.  To participate in any of the remaining sessions, links to the registration module are provided below.  Please note, if you are interested in registering for the entire series yet have missed a module, recordings of the missed sessions and applicable resource materials will be provided upon registration.  The remaining sessions are provided below:

200-WB-05 Movement Documents for Subject Waste Shipments - February 28, 2017

200-WB-06 Subject Waste Full Webinar Series

The full listing of LEHDER webinars currently available can be found on the LEHDER Webinar page.

LEHDER Spring Classroom Sessions

The Ontario and Alberta spring classroom sessions are approaching - the Ontario sessions occur during March and early April; the Alberta sessions are taking place in Edmonton, AB, between April 18 and 21.  Please note - register early!  Courses can be cancelled two weeks in advance of course date if there is insufficient registration volumes.

To view the upcoming courses available, please select the appropriate location below:

Point Edward, Ontario

Edmonton, Alberta

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

Preliminary Consultation for TDG Regulatory Proposals Closes February 22, 2017

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TDGR Consultancy Open Until February 2017The preliminary consultation period for regulatory proposals under development for the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) is currently available; comments are required to be submitted by February 22, 2017.  There is also a public consultation period open until February 28, 2017 for the training requirements under Part 6 of the TDGR. 

Proposed Amendment to the TDGR

Transport Canada has proposed changes to the following Parts of the TDGR in order to align and modernize the TDGR to the United Nations Model Regulations in the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UN Recommendations) and Packaging and Transportation of Nuclear Safety Regulations, 2015, in addition to other international and domestic regulations.  The full Transport Canada article featuring a comprehensive overview of the proposed changes is available at:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/clear-modifications-menu-261.htm

Below is a list of the Parts under recommendation, click on the item to view the associated consultation document:

Please send your comments in writing, on or before February 22nd, 2017 to:

Regulatory Affairs Branch
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Transport Canada
Place de Ville, Tower, 330 Sparks Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0N5
E-mail: TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca


For more information in regards to the TDGR, please contact Mark Roehler.

Ontario's First Cap and Trade Auction Scheduled for March 22, 2017

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Aird & Berlis article on Ontario Cap and Trade Auction, March 22, 2017On February 6, 2017, the Mondaq Business Briefing posted an article written by David Stevens, Partner with Aird & Berlis LLP, in regards to the forthcoming Ontario Cap and Trade Auction of GHG Allowances.  The full post can be viewed here; the article content is also provided for you below.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has released an Auction Notice for the Ontario Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances to be held on March 22, 2017. This is the first public auction to be held. It follows a "practice auction" that was held earlier in January 2017 to help registered participants in the Cap and Trade program prepare for the official auctions.

As required by the Cap and Trade Program Regulation, the Auction Notice includes details about the upcoming auction, including:

  • Timing: The March 2017 Ontario Auction #1 is scheduled to take place on March 22, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) until 4:00 p.m. ET (the auction bidding window). Registered participants in the Cap and Trade program can access the online Auction Platform at that time.

  • Allowances Offered for Sale: Allowances offered during an auction are created under the Ontario Cap and Trade program. Allowances offered are for the current vintage budget year (2017) or future vintage budget year (2020), where 'vintage' refers to the year for which they are created. There will be approximately 25 million current vintage allowances offered (Current Auction), along with approximately 3 million 2020 vintage allowances (Advance Auction).

  • Auction Reserve Prices: The Auction Reserve Price is the minimum price at which allowances offered in the Current Auction and Advance Auction will be sold. Bids submitted with a bid price below the Auction Reserve Price will not be accepted. The Ontario Auction Reserve Price will be determined as the higher of the most-recently published California and Québec Annual Auction Reserve Price after applying the exchange rate established for the auction. Presently, the California Reserve Price is higher, at a value of US $13.57 (applicable to both Current and Advance Allowances). The actual Auction Reserve Prices that will apply will be displayed on the Auction Platform prior to the opening of the auction bidding window.

  • Auction Application Requirements and Instructions and Schedule: There are detailed requirements for parties to apply to participate in the auction process, and to establish the required accounts (see here). The deadline to apply to participate in the first auction is February 21, 2017.

  • Auction Procedures: Participants will be able to submit bids manually and upload bid schedules in a pre-defined Excel template in the Auction Platform during the scheduled 3-hour auction bidding window. Bidders submit bids in a single-round, sealed-bid auction format. Bid quantities can only be submitted in multiples of 1,000 allowances.

The Auction Summary Results Report will be released to the public on April 3, 2017. At the same time, the auction results will be available to qualified bidders. It will be interesting to compare the results in Ontario with the auction results seen for California and Quebec (discussed in earlier posts, here and here).

For more information in regards to Ontario's Cap and Trade Program, please contact Marnie Freer.

LEHDER to Host AWMA Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Breakfast Series

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AWMA Ontario SectionLEHDER is pleased to be hosting the AWMA Breakfast Series teleconference sessions on Tuesday, February 21 and Thursday, March 2

The Sarnia Breakfast will teleconference into the sessions taking place in Toronto and Hamilton, respectively.  

The Updates on the MOECC's Modernization of Approvals Process - Environmental Activity Sector Registration (EASR) session on February 21 will be presented by Deborah Goseng, Senior Engineer with the Modernization of Approvals Branch of the MOECC.

On March 2, the How Will the New EASR impact Licensed Engineering Practitioners’ Liability? session will be presented by Joanna Vince and John Georgakopoulos of Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP.

TIMES:

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 - 8:00 A.M. until 9:00 A.M.

LOCATION:  SESSION COSTS: 
 
LEHDER Environmental Services Limited
Suite 210, 704 Mara Street
Point Edward, Ontario
N7V 1X4
Contact: Shawna Graham
Tel: 519-336-4101 ext 252
$30 AWMA Member
$40 Non-member
$10 AWMA Student Member
$15 Student Non-Member
$5 No prior notification surcharge

REGISTRATION & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

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

Updates on the MOECC's Modernization of Approvals Process - Environmental Activity Sector Registration (EASR)

http://awma.on.ca/breakfast-meetings/sarnia-breakfast-series


How will the new EASR impact Licensed Engineering Practitioners’ Liability?

http://awma.on.ca/breakfast-meetings/2017/2/2/sarnia-breakfast-series-via-teleconference-from-hamilton-session-march-2-2017


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 2017 Regulatory Reporting and Traning 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 2017 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 regulatory training sessions occur in the spring and fall.  Additionally, LEHDER hosts webinars to provide updates to regulatory changes and updates.  To view the courses available in your region, please select the applicable category below.

For more information on LEHDER's regulatory training services, please contact Mark Roehler.

Recent EBR Postings - EASR & Cap and Trade Regulatory Decisions and the Air Contaminants Benchmarks (ACB) List

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Environmental RegistrySeveral important postings have been made to the Ontario Government's Environmental Registry (EBR) recently, including regulatory decisions on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) and Cap and Trade Program, in addition to the release of the Air Contaminants Benchmarks (ACB) List.

Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR)

On September 26, 2016, the ministry posted a proposal for a regulation on the Environmental and Regulatory Registries that would require all but high risk and more complex activities with air and noise emissions to register in the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR).

On January 4, 2017, the regulatory decision was posted to the EBR (Registry # 012-8646) to prescribe the activities noted above for the purposes of subsection 20.21 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). The new EASR regulation made under EPA is: O. Reg. 1/17: Registrations Under Part II.2 of the Act –Activities Requiring Assessment of Air Emissions.

It is anticipated that a French version of the regulation will be available to the public in 2017. In the interim for all inquiries in French please contact Doris Dumais at (416) 327-9466 or doris.dumais@ontario.ca.

Key elements of O. Reg. 1/17 include:

  • A list of sectors, defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and activities that have been deemed higher-risk or more complex and therefore are not prescribed by this EASR regulation. These higher risk sectors and activities include, for example: chemical manufacturing, cement manufacturing, mining, land disposal of waste, processing of metals outdoors etc.The requirement that assessments of discharges of contaminants from a facility to air, including noise and odour emissions, be prepared prior to registration and prior to making any modifications to confirm compliance with environmental standards and regulation requirements. These reports must be signed and sealed by a licensed engineering practitioner.
  • Operation and maintenance procedures, complaints reporting/recording requirements and record-keeping requirements.
  • The requirement for prescribed activities currently operating under an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) to register under the Air Emissions EASR by January 31, 2027 or before making modifications to the facility or operation of the facility.The EASR publication incorporated by reference into the regulation that outlines limits and other mandatory requirements for facilities governed by the Air Emissions EASR regulation.

In general, the requirements set out in the Air Emissions EASR regulation are similar to the current environmental standards that have, to date, been implemented through the ECA process. The new EASR regulation will help provide more certainty for businesses and encourage growth, while protecting the environment and human health.

The ministry is also currently consulting on proposed amendments to O. Reg. 524/98 that would expand the current list of exemptions from section 9 of the EPA for low-risk activities/facilities (EBR # 012-8764). 

All supporting documents and additional information can be found on the EBR post for Registry #012-8646.

Cap and Trade Program

On December 28, 2016, the regulatory decision to proceed with amendments to the greenhouse gas cap and trade program was posted to the EBR (Registry # 012-8953).  The amendments include changes to the:

  • Cap and Trade Program Regulation (O. Reg. 144/16)
  • Methodology for Distribution of Ontario Emission Allowances Free of Charge
  • Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation (O. Reg. 143/16)
  • Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting


To review the full list of amendments and associated documentation, please refer to the full EBR post for Registry #012-8953.

Air Contaminants Benchmarks (ACB) List 

On January 4, 2017, a notice  was posted (Registry #012-9165) that the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has prepared a document that compiles standards, guideline values and screening levels used to assess contaminants released to air. It serves as a single reference window and replaces the following documents:

  • Summary of Standards and Guidelines sorted by Chemical Abstracts Service (PIBS # 6569e01)
  • Summary of Standards and Guidelines sorted by Chemical Name (PIBS # 6569e01)
  • Jurisdictional Screening Level (JSL) List - A Screening Tool for Ontario Regulation 419 (PIBS #: 6547e)

The ACB List is intended for use primarily by an emitter who is required to prepare an Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) report in accordance with Ontario’s Regulation 419/05 Air Pollution – Local Air Quality (“the Local Air Quality Regulation” or “the Regulation”) made under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

The ACB List includes the following benchmarks:

  • Benchmark 1 (B1) Values: Standards and guideline values
  • Benchmark 2 (B2) Values: Screening levels

Exceedence of a B1 value triggers specific actions under the Regulation. Exceedence of a B2 value triggers a toxicological assessment to determine the potential for an adverse effect.

The introduction of the ACB List is not a new policy
. The ACB List consolidates existing standards, guidelines and JSLs into one location.  Guidance on how to use the ACB List and the list itself are available through the ministry website at the link provided here