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Multi-Sector Air Pollutant Regulations - Part 1 Questions & Answers Document & Webinar Details Released

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MSAPR Part 1 - Questions & Answers Document and WebinarPart 1 - Boilers and Heaters of the Multi-Sector Air Pollutant Regulations establishes the requirements for the emission of NOx from boilers and heaters in certain regulated facilities in various industrial sectors.  Based upon inquiries received through the Electricity and Combustion Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada, a Question & Answer document has been released in regards to Part 1 of the MSAPR.  In addition, webinars will be held to cover this document but attendees must be registered to participate. 

Webinar Details

Three sessions will be held, two in English and one in French:

 Date  Time (2 hours)
 Language
 November 29
13:00 (EST)
 English
 December 1
13:00 (EST)  English
 December 2
13:00 (EST)  French

 Registration Details

To register, please submit an email by November 28th to ec.combustion.ec@canada.ca

Information to include in the email:

  • which session you would like to attend,
  • your organization, and
  • the number of participants.

The information to participate to the webinar will be forwarded in a subsequent email.  

MSAPR Part 1 - Questions & Answers

The Q&A documents in regards to Part 1 are provided for you below:

MSAPR Part 1 - Questions & Answers (English) MSAPR Part 1 - Questions & Answers (English) (764 KB)

Partie I RMSPA - Questions & Réponses (French) Partie I RMSPA - Questions & Réponses (French) (787 KB)

For more information in regards to the MSAPR, please contact Marnie Freer.

EBR Proposal Notice and Comment Period for Amendments to the Ontario Cap and Trade Program

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ON Cap & Trade Regulatory Amendment Comment PeriodOn May 19, 2016, two regulations that form the backbone of the cap and trade program became law – the Cap and Trade Program Regulation (O. Reg. 144/16) which took effect July 1, 2016 and the Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation (O. Reg. 143/16) which takes effect January 1, 2017.

The Ministry is now proposing amendments to clarify policy, technical and administrative requirements of the Program. The amendments include changes to the:

  • Cap and Trade Program Regulation
  • Methodology for Distribution of Ontario Emission Allowances Free of Charge
  • Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation
  • Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

The full list of proposed regulatory changes can be viewed through the EBR Regulation Proposal Notice for EBR Registry #012-8953, available here.

Some of the key points to note include:

  • Addition of new reporting requirements for indirect emissions from imported Indirect Useful Thermal Energy (IUTE).
  • Provides opportunity for facilities with IUTE emissions to join the Cap and Trade Program as a voluntary participant.

The comment period for this Proposal Notice is only available until December 4, 2016.   

Comments can be submitted to:

Sheri Beaton
Project Manager
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division
Air Policy Instruments and Programs Design Branch
77 Wellesley Street West
Floor 10
Ferguson Block
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2T5
Phone: (416) 314-4826

Online via http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/searchComment.do?actionType=add&noticeId=MTMwODQ5&statusId=MTk4MjEw&noticeHeaderIdString=MTMwODQ2

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

LEHDER Series, Part III – Federal and Ontario SO2 Changes – How Can You Prepare?

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LEHDER SO2 CAAQS Blog Series Part IIIParts I and II of the LEHDER Blog Series on the Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) for sulphur dioxide have discussed the background and delineation of air zones in Ontario.  Part III discusses what industries can to do prepare for these changes.  The CCME states “it will be up to provinces and territories to delineate and manage their air zones based on local circumstances”.  Ontario has delineated air zones however, we still await information about how they intend to manage air zones in Ontario particularly with respect to SO2. Without clear direction from the province yet, it is difficult to prepare for these coming changes with any amount of certainty. 

What We Know

  • The O. Reg. 419/05 modeling and statistical evaluation for compliance with Ontario Standards and Guidelines is significantly different than that applied in other jurisdictions including British Columbia, Metro Vancouver, and the USEPA. 
  • CCME CAAQS for SO2 are not expected to be direct comparators for modelled concentrations of facility SO2 emissions.  
  • The MOECC intends to post a Notice of Proposal to the EBR to change (lower) the air standards for SO2 in Ontario.  This notice will likely be accompanied by a scientific rationale document. 

How You Can Prepare

Every facility is unique in their management of SO2 emissions, and so will your preparations for change.  Some preparation activities that may be helpful include:

  • Examine the basis of the SO2 maximum operating scenario in your Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling Report and evaluate opportunities for refinement.
  • Understand the SO2 ambient (background) air concentrations in your air zone and how that value may compare to your individual facility concentrations using O.Reg. 419/05.
  • Evaluate your point of impingement (POI) concentrations using various different statistical techniques used in other jurisdictions to understand sensitivity and variability.
  • Understand the basis of operating scenarios used in other jurisdictions. 


LEHDER Series Part I - What Do the CCME SO2 CAAQS Mean for Industry? - available here.

LEHDER Series Part II - Summary of Ontario Air Zones - available here.


Helpful Links

CCME Announces New SO2 Ambient Air Quality Standards
LEHDER Blog Post, November 1, 2016

EBR Decision - Delineation of Ontario Air Zones
https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI1MjE2&statusId=MTkzMDMw

MOECC Pre-Consultation Notice for Updating Air Standards for SO2 (EBR # 012-7192)
https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI4MTY2&statusId=MTkzNzI5&language=en

MOECC Presentation - Air Zones in Ontario (PDF Download)
https://cleanairpartnership.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/20160401-azd-gtacac.pdf

Map of Ontario Air Zones (PDF Download)
http://www.downloads.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/env_reg/er/documents/2015/012-4347.pdf


LEHDER has over 20 years of experience in Air Quality Consulting.  For more information on the SO2 CAAQS or Ontario Air Zones, please contact Penny McInnis

LEHDER Series, Part II – AQMS Summary of Ontario Air Zones

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LEHDER Series, Part II SO2 CAAQSIn March 2016, Ontario committed to implementing the CCME Air Quality Management System (AQMS) as stated in the MOECC policy decision (EBR #012-4347).  The implementation of the Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) for SO2 supports this initiative - please review Part I of the LEHDER Blog Series here for additional background.  As a first step to the implementation of the AQMS in Ontario, the province has delineated air zones, referred to as Air Zones 1 through 3.  

Ontario Air Zone Details

 Air Zone
Description
Geographic Area
 Air  Zone 1

Areas with limited pollution from either point or non-point sources or transboundary influence; where air quality management activities are focused on maintaining good air quality.

Majority of Northern Ontario
Air Zone 2
Areas under pressure from multiple sources including some or all of the following: non-point sources, smaller point sources, individual large industrial point sources, transboundary influences; where air quality management activities are focused on multiple broad-based initiatives targeting many sources. Majority of Southern Ontario, Sault. Ste. Marie and the City of Greater Sudbury
 Air Zone 3
Areas with a concentration of large industrial sources; where air quality management activities are focused on the abatement of local industrial emissions as well as non-industrial sources. City of Hamilton, Sarnia-Area (including the city of Sarnia and Township of St. Clair)

You can download a map of these zones via http://www.downloads.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/env_reg/er/documents/2015/012-4347.pdf

Concerns were raised during the proposal comment period in regards to the lack of supporting information and details about how the air zones will be used to drive Ontario’s proposed approach to air zone management (AZM).  The MOECC responded in March of 2016 that the approach to managing air zones in Ontario is currently being developed and that the approach will include and build on all laws, regulations and policies currently in place, and involve partnerships with local governments, stakeholders and communities. To date, no further information has been publicly provided on what this approach looks like.  

The Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) decision states that the key concept of the Ontario AZM is that as air quality approaches or exceeds the CAAQS, Ontario will implement progressively more proactive measures, tools and activities to improve air quality.  Anticipated management actions and strategies in Zone 3 may include:

  • A Local Integrated Air Strategy
  • Community specific action plan
  • Frequent, proactive inspection of facilities

SO2 and Ontario Air Zones

Although Ontario has not proposed any specific values for updated SO2 air standards, pre-consultation began in April & May of 2016 with a Science Discussion Document. No further information has been posted, but LEHDER continuously monitors the EBR and will share any new information as it becomes available.


LEHDER Series Part I - What Do the CCME SO2 CAAQS Mean for Industry? - available here.


Helpful Links

CCME Announces New SO2 Ambient Air Quality Standards
LEHDER Blog Post, November 1, 2016

EBR Decision - Delineation of Ontario Air Zones
https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI1MjE2&statusId=MTkzMDMw

MOECC Pre-Consultation Notice for Updating Air Standards for SO2 (EBR # 012-7192)
https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI4MTY2&statusId=MTkzNzI5&language=en

MOECC Presentation - Air Zones in Ontario (PDF Download)
https://cleanairpartnership.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/20160401-azd-gtacac.pdf

Map of Ontario Air Zones (PDF Download)
http://www.downloads.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/env_reg/er/documents/2015/012-4347.pdf


LEHDER has over 20 years of experience in Air Quality Consulting.  For more information on the SO2 CAAQS or Ontario Air Zones, please contact Penny McInnis

TargetGHG Program Provides Funding Support For Large Final Emitters in Ontario

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Ontario Centres of Excellence TargetGHG ProgramThe Ontario Centres of Excellence has implemented the TargetGHG program to assist Large Final Emitters with reduction in greenhouse gases.

TargetGHG is helping Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by encouraging large industrial plants adopt leading-edge technology and by supporting Ontario’s entrepreneurs in developing creative new solutions.

The program is supported by the Ontario government with $74 million in funding from its Ontario Green Investment Fund, which is dedicated to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, support cleantech innovation and drive job creation and economic development.

OCE’s TargetGHG for industrial emitters addresses two key issues:

  • the need to support the adoption of innovative technologies for emitters to meet upcoming greenhouse gas reduction targets, and

  • the need for solutions that will help industry meet more aggressive future GHG targets.

More information on the TargetGHG Program can be located at http://oce-ontario.org/target-ghg or contact Richard Worsfold at Richard.Worsfold@oce-ontario.org or (416) 459-1357.


LEHDER Series, Part I – What Do the CCME SO2 CAAQS Mean for Industry?

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CAAQS SO2 - LEHDER Series, Part 1The Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are part of a National Air Zone Management Framework to reduce air pollution in Canada.  The Framework provides flexibility for provinces and territories to achieve optimal air quality outcomes.  The most important principle to understand in regards to the CAAQS is that CAAQS are not enforceable standards; they represent national benchmarks.   

New CAAQSs for SO2 were published on October 3, 2016 by the CCME and are shown in the table below.

 

70 ppb SO2 is equivalent to 183.4 ug/m3 and 5.0 ppb SO2 is equivalent to 13.1 ug/m3.

What We Know

  • CCME guidance related to achievement determination of CAAQS for PM2.5 and Ozone provides detailed information on how to statistically evaluate ambient monitoring data to compare to the CAAQS values.  
  • We would expect to see a similar guidance document to be issued by CCME for the new SO2 CAAQS.
  • As an air zone approaches or exceeds the CAAQS, progressively more rigorous actions can be implemented in those zones.
  • The CCME Air Zone Management Framework (AZMF) allows for some accounting of Transboundary Flow and Exceptional Events that may be non-recurrent in nature.
  • In March 2016, Ontario committed to implementing the CCME Air Quality Management System (AQMS) in the EBR policy decision #012-4347.  As a first step, the province has delineated Air Zones 1 through 3. 

Comparing individual facility SO2 emissions (and POI concentrations) in accordance with O.Reg.419/05 to the CCME CAAQS management levels for SO2 is not comparing ‘apples to apples’.

LEHDER Series Part II - Summary of Ontario Air Zones - available here.


Helpful Links

CCME Announces New SO2 Ambient Air Quality Standards
LEHDER Blog Post, November 1, 2016

New SO2 CAAQS
http://www.ccme.ca/en/resources/air/air/sulphur-dioxide.html

Guidance Document on Air Zone Management (PDF Download)
http://www.ccme.ca/files/Resources/air/aqms/pn_1481_gdazm_e.pdf

Guidance Document on Achievement Determination - Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards for Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone (PDF Download)
http://www.ccme.ca/files/Resources/air/aqms/pn_1483_gdad_eng.pdf

MOECC Presentation - Air Zones in Ontario (PDF Download)
https://cleanairpartnership.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/20160401-azd-gtacac.pdf

EBR Decision - Delineation of Ontario Air Zones
https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI1MjE2&statusId=MTkzMDMw


LEHDER has over 20 years experience in air quality consulting - for more information in regards to the SO2 CAAQS or how LEHDER may assist your facility, please contact Penny McInnis.
 

CCME Announces New SO2 Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards

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New CAAQS for SO2New Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) for sulphur dioxide were recently announced by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME).  These new CAAQS values represent part of the continuing implementation of the Air Quality Management System to drive improvements in air quality.  
 
These CCME CAAQS values represent varying management levels for air zones - they do not represent air standard limits by individual facilities at the provincial level.  However, these federal SO2 air zone standards will eventually have an impact on how individual provinces choose to regulate SO2 for air quality.
 
More information can be found on the CCME web site at http://www.ccme.ca/en/resources/air/air/sulphur-dioxide.html


Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations - Part 1 Regulatory Training Reporting Tables Released

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MSAPR Part 1 Reporting TablesOn June 29, 2016 the Multi-Sector Air Pollutant Regulations (MSAPR) were published to the Canada Gazette, Part II.   The MSAPR is a key part of the Government of Canada’s responsibility in regards to the implementation of the new Canada-wide Air Quality Management System under the auspices of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME).

The MSAPR is delineated into 3 Parts and impose national performance standards on:

  • Part 1 - gaseous-fuel-fired non-utility boilers and heaters,

  • Part 2 - stationary spark-ignition gas-fired engines, and

  • Part 3 - the cement manufacturing sector.

The objectives of the Regulations are to:

  • Limit the amount of nitrogen oxides (NOX) emitted from modern (new) and original (existing), gaseous-fuel-fired non-utility boilers and heaters used by industrial facilities.
  • Limit the amount of NOX emitted from modern and original stationary spark-ignition gaseous-fuel-fired engines used by industrial facilities (i.e. those used for gas compression or back-up generators).
  • Limit the amount of NOX and sulphur dioxide (SO2) emitted from cement kilns.


On October 26, 2016, the Part 1 Regulatory Training Reporting Tables were released to assist operators of non-utility boilers and heaters in understanding their requirements under Part 1 of the MSAPR.

The document contains four tables which outline the timing requirements for the testing and reporting required for Part 1.  This is intended to assist in determining which testing must be completed and when, along with associated key dates for reporting, based on type the boiler or heater in question. Please refer to the regulatory text to determine what type of boiler or heater you have (i.e. pre-existing, transitional or modern).

Below is a brief description of the four tables.

Table 1:  Classification Reports - Testing, Reporting and Timing Requirements
This table identifies the relevant sections in MSAPR that pertain to testing and reporting and summarizes the timing requirements for the testing and reporting associated with Classification Reports which apply to pre-existing boilers and heaters subject to the MSAPR.

Table 2:  Initial Reports - Testing, Reporting and Timing Requirements

This table identifies the relevant sections in MSAPR that pertain to testing and reporting and summarizes the timing requirements for the testing and reporting associated with Initial Reports which apply boilers and heaters, based upon their classification.

Table 3:  Compliance Reports - Testing, Reporting and Timing Requirements
This table identifies the relevant sections in the MSAPR that pertain to testing and reporting and summarizes the timing requirements for the testing and reporting associated with Compliance Reports.

Table 4:  Change Reports: Testing, Reporting and Timing Requirements
This table identifies the relevant sections in MSAPR that pertain to testing and reporting and summarizes the timing requirements for the testing and reporting associated with Change Reports which apply if the information in respect of a boiler or heater that was provided in a Classification, Initial, or Compliance Report changes.

A copy of the document is provided below.

MSAPR Part 1 Regulatory Training Reporting Tables (English) MSAPR Part 1 Regulatory Training Reporting Tables (English) (177 KB)


MSAPR Part 1 Regulatory Training Reporting Tables (French) MSAPR Part 1 Regulatory Training Reporting Tables (French) (195 KB)

Questions regarding the MSAPR can be forwarded to the Environment and Climate Change Canada contacts via the following email addresses:

General, Policy, AQMS: ec.airpur-cleanair.ec@canada.ca
Part 1- Boilers and Heaters: ec.combustion.ec@canada.ca
Part 2 - Engines : ec.nge-mgn.ec@canada.ca
Part 3 - Cement : ec.mmp-tmm.ec@canada.ca

For more information in regards to the MSAPR, please contact Marnie Freer or Peter Pakalnis.

MOECC Releases Reminder Notice to Ontario Cap and Trade Stakeholders - September 23, 2016

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MOECC Releases Remider Notice for Cap and Trade StakeholdersAs of today, there are only 68 days left to register in Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program.

Registration takes time to complete.

Registration is a two-part process. Part 2 cannot be completed until Part 1 is complete, submitted and approved by the Ministry. The time required to meet some of the requirements of registration, such as the notarization of documents, may be outside of your direct control. This should be taken into account when you are planning for your registration.

The Ministry highly recommends that you complete your registration as early as possible.

Ontario’s Cap and Trade Help Desk team is available to answer your registration related questions. Contact the help desk by email at CThelp@ontario.ca or toll free at 1-888-217-3326.

Please see below for more information and some useful links. 

Sincerely,

The Cap and Trade Help Desk team, on behalf of:

Tom Johnson
Project Manager – Implementation
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Office
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
40 St. Clair Ave W., 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario  M4V 1M2
Tel: 416-325-8395

Who Should Register and When

You must register your facility in the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS) by November 30, 2016 if you:

  • Are a mandatory participant in the Cap and Trade program, or
  • Wish to participate in Ontario’s first Cap and Trade auction in March 2017.

If you have applied for emissions allowances, your registration must be complete (including submission of a voluntary participant form, if applicable) before you can receive your allowances.

In all cases, the Ministry highly recommends that you complete your registration as early as possible.

The Registration Process

CITSS is a management and tracking system for accounts and compliance instruments issued under the cap and trade program. You will require an account in CITSS in order to participate in Ontario auctions and obtain emission allowances.

Please note that registration is a two-part process and can take some time to complete.

Below is an overview of the two-part CITSS registration process.

Part 1 of the CITSS Registration Process – Recognition of Account Agent (RAA) or User Registration

The Recognition as an Account Agent process requires the applicant to electronically submit an application through CITSS and to mail in a hard copy of the application package consisting of forms and supplementary documents to support the verification of his/her identity. Once the hard copy package is received by the Director (Ontario Registrar), the application can be processed for approval.

You must complete Part 1 before you can complete Part 2.

Part 2 of the CITSS Registration Process – Participant Registration (PR) or Account Application

An approved account agent with a valid CITSS User ID must submit the Participant Registration (PR) application on behalf of a mandatory, voluntary, or market participant.  The PR process requires the applicant to electronically submit an application through CITSS and to mail in a hard copy application package with signed copies of forms and supporting documents to the Director (Ontario Registrar). 

The application requires the designation of Primary and Alternate Account Representatives, the addition of facilities when applicable and the disclosure of business relationships with other entities. Once the hard copy package is received by the Director (Ontario Registrar), the application can be processed for approval.

Additional Information

If you require more information and guidance on CITSS registration please visit the Ontario Cap and Trade website at:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/cap-and-trade-register-and-participate-citss

Alternatively you can also contact Ontario’s Cap and Trade Help Desk at:

Cap and Trade Helpdesk at CThelp@ontario.ca / 1-888-217-3326 (toll-free)

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in any of the information contained in this email. The MOECC makes no representation or warranty of any kind whatsoever with respect to this information. MOECC specifically disclaims any express or implied warranties related to the use of this information and all contents including, without limitation, warranties of non-infringement or fitness for any particular purpose.

In no event shall MOECC, the Province of Ontario and their respective officers, employees, servants or agents be liable for any failure to keep this information up to date, for errors or omissions, or for any damages (including without limitation, damages for loss of profits, business interruption, loss of information, or direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages) arising out of or related.

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

Alberta Air Monitoring Directive Update

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Alberta Air Monitoring Directive Update August 2016Alberta’s Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements for monitoring and reporting air quality in the province of Alberta.  As of August 3, 2016, all 9 Chapters of the AMD have been recently amended.  Copies of the most current versions can be located at http://aep.alberta.ca/air/legislation/air-monitoring-directive/default.aspx.

A brief overview of the recent amendments include:

  • Immediate reporting of an Ambient Air Quality Objective exceedance and any issues with monitoring equipment performance.
  • New requirements for providing monitoring data during an emergency event, if requested by the Director.
  • New requirement to modernize emissions reporting requirements and reflect modern day emissions and related data requirements for Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and associated agencies.
  • Annual emissions inventory report is required if thresholds are met.
  • Submission of emissions inventory data and summarization of source reporting via Excel forms are required (forms will be available through the AMD Toolbox).
  • Updates to the Stack Survey Report requirements from the 1989 AMD and added requirements for RATA and CGA reports.

Information pertaining to the AMD can be located here.  Documents providing an overview of the changes to Chapter 1: Introduction and Chapter 9: Reporting, in addition to a correlation matrix defining the changes between the 1989 and 2016 AMD are provided for you below.

Alberta AMD Chapter 1 Overview of Changes - July 29, 2016 Alberta AMD Chapter 1 Overview of Changes - July 29, 2016 (189 KB)

Alberta AMD Chapter 9 Overview of Changes - July 29, 2016 Alberta AMD Chapter 9 Overview of Changes - July 29, 2016 (187 KB)

Alberta AMD Correlation Table July 29, 2016 Alberta AMD Correlation Table July 29, 2016 (242 KB)

For more information in regards to Alberta's AMD, please contact Michael Denomme.