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Policy Summary on Cumulative Effects Assessment in Air Approvals

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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.

Resources

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

EBR Posting

https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTMzODAx&statusId=MjA1MDU4&language=en

ERO Posting

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-1680
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

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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
AMDFeedback@gov.ab.ca
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

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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

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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.

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 - 7:45 A.M. until 9:30 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
$25 AWMA Member
$35 Non-member
$10 AWMA Student Member
$20 Student Non-Member
$5 No prior notification surcharge

REGISTRATION & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

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

2018 NPRI Reporting Requirements
http://awma.on.ca/breakfast-meetings/live-webcast-2018-npri-reporting-requirements-may-2-2018

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

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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.

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.