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MOECC Update on AERMOD/AERMET or ASHRAE Air Dispersion Models for Ontario Regulation 419/05

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MOECC Update on O.Reg. 419/05 Air Dispersion ModelsOn November 23, 2016, the MOECC posted an update in regards to the AERMOD/AERMET or ASHRAE air dispersion models; the Ministry will not be adopting updated versions of the AERMOD/AERMET or ASHRAE air dispersion models in April 2017.  Accordingly, the approved versions of these models under O.Reg. 419/05 adopted on November 2, 2015 will remain unchanged. 


An excerpt providing a summary from the November 2, 2015 EBR Registry Number 012-5177 notice follows.

Air dispersion models are mathematical tools used to assess point of impingement concentrations that are then compared to ministry air standards and guidelines. A point of impingement is the point at which a contaminant contacts the ground or a building.

This notice is to inform the regulated community and the public that the MOECC is adopting updated approved air dispersion models under O.Reg. 419/05. Adoption of the updated models will take effect upon publishing of this notice.


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, including the AERMOD dispersion model and the ASHRAE method of calculation. Section 13(1) of O.Reg.419/05 approves the use of meteorological data processed by the AERMET computer program with the AERMOD dispersion model.

The previously adopted versions of these models were:

  • The US EPA AERMOD dispersion model (version 07026) used in conjunction with the AERMET meteorological preprocessor (version 06341).
  • 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).

The MOECC has now replaced the previously approved versions of these models under O. Reg. 419/05 (listed above) with the following updated model versions:

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

The approved dispersion models and Ontario Regional Meteorological data sets that have been reprocessed with AERMET 14134 (version date May 14, 2014) are available through the Ontario government website (MOECC Website on Local Air Quality). 


For more information please refer to EBR Registry Number 012-5177.  To determine what impact this may have on your facility, please contact Penny McInnis.


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.


Amendment to the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations

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Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations The Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations was amended on October 21, 2016 and published in the Canada Gazette on November 2, 2016.  This amended regulation comes into force immediately.

The key change to this legislation is that any waste or recyclable material that is a controlled import in another country would be considered hazardous and requires that a Canadian company obtain a permit from Environment and Climate Change Canada for its export to that country.  This will also include household wastes if classified as hazardous in another country.

This regulation also contains a new provision to address shipments of waste or recyclable material for which consent was provided by the importing and transit countries via an issued permit which could not be completed as planned.  For example, a shipment which was rejected at the border. 

These include provisions that:

  • the shipment be returned to the originator when arrangements for an alternate facility cannot be made, and

  • establish a period of 90 days (or another period agreed to by Canada and the country of export, transit or import, as applicable) where the shipment must be returned, or alternate arrangements made consistent with the requirements under the Basel Convention.


You will find a copy of the current  Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations at http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2005-149/index.html

For more information, or assistance in understanding waste classification or preparing notifications, please contact Mark Roehler.


Draft Burden Reduction Act

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On November 11, 2016, Willms & Shier posted two interesting articles in regards to the draft Burden Reduction Act, which is intended to positively affect the regulatory burden and approvals process for specific environmental approvals.  Links to the articles on the Burden Reduction Act and it's impact on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry are included in the Willms & Shier post below.

Bill 218, the Burden Reduction Act, can be viewed on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website here.

Toronto

Ottawa

Calgary

info@willmsshier.com  

www.willmsshier.com  

Environment - Aboriginal - Energy Law

The Ontario government has introduced new legislation and a draft regulation intended to reduce the regulatory burden and approvals process for some environmental approvals. 

The Burden Reduction Act 2016, if adopted, would  further streamline the environmental approvals process, permit the province to promulgate additional regulations related to the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) and Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs) and also alter some of the powers of  allow compliance inspectors to request documents by telephone rather than in person.

Click here to read our article titled: Burden Reduction Act to Streamline Environmental Approvals and Compliance Checks.

Click here to read our article titled: Making Environmental Approvals EAS(ie)R?


Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is named “Law Firm of the Year” for Environmental Law in The Best Lawyers in Canada©, 2017 Edition.


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.


Safe Communities "A Mental Health Breakfast" Supports Local Non-Profits

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Safe Communities Sarnia-LambtonMark Roehler, LEHDER Principal and President of Safe Communities Sarnia-Lambton (SCSL), in conjunction with the SCSL Board of Directors, would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the sponsors and attendees of the SCSL first annual Good Morning Sarnia "A Mental Health Breakfast".  The event was held at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall on Tuesday October 25, 2016.  A special thanks is extended to the Knights of Columbus for providing the breakfast and to Terri Lynn Sullivan, the keynote speaker for the event.

The event raised $900 for two local charities, the Women's Interval Home and Circles Lambton.  Pictures of the cheque presentations are available below.  SCSL would like to recognize the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to the event.

Silver Sponsor - Bluewater Power

Bronze Sponsors - The Co-operators - Fabien Jagoo and Associates; Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative

Silent Auction Donations


To read more on the event, visit the Sarnia This Week article here.


Cheque Presentation to Circles Lambton.  Pictured (L-R): Mark Roehler (SCSL), Rob Janoska (SCSL), Megan O'Neil-Renaud (Circles Lambton) and Dante Cateni (SCSL)

 

Cheque Presentation to the Women's Interval Home. Pictured (L-R): Mark Roehler (SCSL), Dante Cateni (SCSL), Marie Angus Women's Interval Home) and Rob Janoska (SCSL)

For more information in regards to Safe Communities Sarnia-Lambton or how you can be involved in next year's event, please contact Mark Roehler.

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.