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Information Notice:   EBR Registry Number:   011-1470
Title:
Approval of the Assessment Report for the Mattagami Region Source Protection Area
 
Ministry:
Ministry of the Environment
Date Information Notice loaded to the Registry:
November 29, 2010
 
 
Keyword(s):   Drinking Water  |  Water

This notice is for your information. The Environmental Bill of Rights does not require this notice to be placed on the Environmental Registry, however, section 6 of the Act does allow the Environmental Registry to be used to share information about the environment with the public.

 
Rationale for Exemption to Public Comment:

The purpose of this information notice is to advise the public that the Assessment Report document prepared for the Mattagami Region Source Protection Area in accordance with section 15 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 has been approved by the Director.

This notice is being published as an information notice on the Environmental Registry, as required under section 18 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 and is for your information only.

Description:

The purpose of the Clean Water Act, 2006 is to protect existing and future sources of drinking water, as part of an overall commitment to human health and the environment.

The Act requires the preparation of an Assessment Report to assess the vulnerability of and identify threats to sources of drinking water. The assessment report was developed in accordance with the Minister of the Environment approved Terms of Reference, the Clean Water Act, 2006, Ontario Regulation 287/07 (General), and the Technical Rules: Assessment Report (November 2009).

Assessment Reports are being prepared for each of the 38 source protection areas in the province. The Clean Water Act, 2006 (subsection 17(2)) sets out that the Director shall make a decision on each of the 38 Assessment Reports.

Section 18 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 requires that “As soon as reasonably possible after an assessment report is approved by the Director, the Director shall publish a notice of the approval on the environmental registry established under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993”.

Once the Assessment Report is approved by the Director, Source Protection Committees will proceed to develop the Source Protection Plan. Source Protection Plans will set out policies to manage the risks posed by land use activities to sources of drinking water identified in the Assessment Reports. Source Protection Plans are to be submitted to the Minister of the Environment no later than August 20, 2012.

Other Information:

The proposed Assessment Report document submitted to the Director for the Mattagami Region Source Protection Area was returned to the Source Protection Authority for amendments to the threats assessment and mapping requirements. The proposed Assessment Report was amended and the Source Protection Authority consulted with persons impacted by the amendments. The amended proposed Assessment Report was resubmitted to the Director for consideration and has been approved as resubmitted.

When making a decision on the submitted proposed Assessment Report, the Director considered whether legislative requirements were met and how the Source Protection Committee considered comments received from the public, municipalities, band councils and other stakeholders.

Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

During preparation of the Assessment Report, the Source Protection Committee consulted with the public through two consultation periods. The first was a 35-day consultation period on a draft proposed Assessment Report which included a public meeting. The Source Protection Committee is required to consider any comments submitted during this first public consultation period and to incorporate these comments, as necessary, into a revised document called the proposed Assessment Report. This proposed document was then posted for the second consultation period for 30-days. The Clean Water Act, 2006 requires the submission of the proposed Assessment Report to the Director, along with any public comments received during this second public consultation period, any comments the Source Protection Authority wishes to make, as well as a summary of any unresolved comments made by municipalities and First Nation bands during the first consultation period on the draft proposed Assessment Report.

There were two public comments received during the 30-day consultation period which were forwarded to the Director as part of the proposed Assessment Report submission package. During review of the Assessment Report, the comments received were considered by the Director in making a decision on the Assessment Report.

The Mattagami Region Source Protection Authority provided the Director with comments on the submitted proposed Assessment Report citing concerns about sources of pollution that fall outside of the scope of the Clean Water Act, 2006 as part of the Assessment Report. These concerns were considered by the Director in making a decision on the submitted proposed Assessment Report. There were no unresolved comments on the draft proposed Assessment Report from municipalities or First Nation bands within the Mattagami Region Source Protection Area.

 
Contact:

Keith Willson
Manager, Source Protection Approvals
Ministry of the Environment
Drinking Water Management Division
Source Protection Programs Branch
40 St. Clair Avenue West
Floor 14
Toronto Ontario
M4V 1M2
Phone: (416) 314-0560
Fax: (416) 327-6926

Additional Information:

The documents linked below are provided for the purposes of enhancing public consultation.
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