August 29, 2005

EBR REGISTRY (August 29, 2005)

PROPOSALS

Environmental Sustainability statement

The Ministry of Environment is inviting comment on a draft Commitment Statement on Environmental Sustainability in Canada, approved in principle by the federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers at the Halifax meeting of the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CME) in June. The statement is intended to guide work nationwide on environmental sustainability, providing for co-operative efforts among jurisdictions. It modernizes and updates the Statement of Interjurisdictional Co-operation on Environmental Matters, endorsed by the CCME in 1990. The new statement initially focuses on three areas for potential co-operation on environmental sustainability: science/technology and research; monitoring, data sharing and information management; and regulatory streamlining. Comments are due by September 21, 2005; the registry posting includes to the Commitment Statement and other pertinent information. (Registry reference No PA05E0034)

Ministries update SEVs

Ministries subject to Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights legislation have prepared updated Statements of Environmental Values (SEVs). The draft SEVs reflect changes in ministry names and modifications to their mandates and core businesses; outdated and/or inaccurate information has been removed as well. Comments on the proposed new SEVs are due by September 25, 2005. The registry posting includes a single link through which all the ministries' draft SEVs can be viewed. Relevant ministries include: Culture; Economic Development and Trade; Energy; Environment; Health and Long-Term Care; Labour; Municipal Affairs and Housing; Natural Resources; Northern Development and Mines; Tourism; and Transportation. (Registry reference No PA05E0016)

CWS for mercury from power plants

Ontario has joined other jurisdictions using coal to provide a portion of their power supply in seeking comments on the draft Canada-wide Standard (CWS) for mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Submissions are due by October 6, 2005. The CWS, developed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME), includes a zero-kilogram cap for Ontario's coal-fired power generation sector in 2010. This reflects the province's commitment to replace coal-fired power generation and with alternative energy sources and conservation measures. The registry posting includes links to the draft CWS and other pertinent information. (Registry reference PA05E0032)

Adoption of drinking water guideline

The Ministry of Environment is proposing to adopt a new Canadian Drinking Water Guideline (CDWG) for chlorite and chlorate, once such a guideline has been finalized through a formal process involving the federal, provincial and territorial governments. Chlorite and chlorate ions are natural byproducts resulting from the use of chlorine dioxide as a drinking water disinfectant. The proposed maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) is 1 milligram per litre (mg/L) for chlorite and 1 mg/L for chlorate. Although very few drinking water treatment plants in Ontario use chlorine dioxide for disinfection, a CDWG for chlorite and chlorate will give drinking water authorities a reference for making decisions about using chlorine dioxide as an alternative to chlorine for disinfection. Once the CDWG is finalized, Ontario would adopt it as an Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standard. Comments are due by October 14, 2005. (Registry reference No PA05E0013)

DECISIONS

Ontario adopts Biodiversity Strategy

The Ministry of Natural Resources has formally adopted the Ontario Biodiversity Strategy, "Protecting What Sustains Us." The final version incorporates modifications based on a number of the 35 comments received; many of these involve improvements to the wording to enhance clarity. The document explains the rationale for an Ontario Biodiversity Strategy (OBS), describes threats to Ontario's biodiversity, outlines biodiversity goals and principles, discusses opportunities for doing more to promote and preserve biodiversity; and sets out a five-year action plan (2005-2010) for addressing Ontario's biodiversity challenge. (Registry reference No PB05E6011)

Waste Management emergency permit

Waste Management of Canada has been granted temporary emergency approvals for three transfer stations in Peel Region, with the original expiry date of August 22, 2005 extended to September 12, 2005. The Ministry of Environment granted the emergency approvals after Alonquin Power notified the Regional Municipality of Peel that its energy-from-waste (EFW) facility was experiencing operational difficulties. As a result, the municipality needed to find an alternative way of managing 500 to 600 tonnes of waste which would ordinarily be shipped to the EFW facility. As Toronto's Disco Road transfer station was unable to accept all of this material, the municipality made arrangements with Waste Management to accept up to 600 tonnes per day. The temporary emergency permit approves the contingency plan, with amendments covering increases in the rate, capacity and storage limits at Waste Management's transfer stations. (Registry reference Nos IA05E1251, IA05E1252, IA05E1253)

Greenwood receives quarry permit

Greenwood Construction, in Orangeville, Ontario has received a Class A, Category 1 licence which will allow the company to extract a maximum of 500,000 tonnes per year of aggregate from a 60.8-hectare property in East Garafraxa, Dufferin County. The final approval includes amendments made by the applicant in response to concerns expressed by the Credit River Valley Conservation Authority regarding wetland buffers, significant woodlots and depth of extraction. The company has also included additional monitoring provisions as site plan conditions. (Registry reference No IB02E3010)

Blue Box program plan changes approved

The Minister of Environment has approved changes to the provincial Blue Box program plan proposed in January by Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO). The changes are intended to enable accelerated implementation of the plan's cost containment measures. This will ensure better understanding of the program costs and of how the fees paid by industry stewards to support these costs are calculated, as well as the actions being taken to contain costs and promote efficiencies in the Blue Box system. The final document outlining the changes incorporates revisions made in response to comments recommending clarification of several aspects of the cost containment measures. The registry posting includes links to the final document, along with other relevant information. (Registry reference No RA05E0003)

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