The new approvals system is proposed to have two processes that are fully protective of the environment:
- Registry Process (Environmental Activity & Sector Registry - EASR): In this process, specified activities would register with the Ministry providing that they meet specified requirements. The facility registering the activity would be required to operate according to rules established in regulation.
- Approvals Process (Environmental Compliance Approval): In this process, applications for activities outside the EASR would be made to the Ministry of the Environment. This would result in a Ministry-issued decision based on a detailed technical review of documentation submitted by the applicant(s) and public input.
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Development of Rationale to Support Registry Regulations
As part of its efforts to create an open and transparent process for development of EASR regulations, the Ministry has implemented a process that provides for and takes into consideration, stakeholder input at various stages.
For each potential registry activity or sector, the Ministry will first conduct a detailed technical analysis and where appropriate consult with relevant stakeholders.
Once completed, a summary of the technical analysis, along with any proposed or draft registry requirements will be shared with the public for broad consultation. Comments received during this period will be used by the Ministry in considering both the suitability of the sector or activity as well as the proposed registry requirements.
Should the Ministry decide to allow a sector or activity to register through the EASR, draft regulations, once developed will be posted for public comment and input received will be taken into consideration when the regulations are finalized.
The attached technical reports summarize the proposed rationale for moving specific activities and sectors from the traditional environmental approvals process to the new EASR.
- EASR.01.01: Technical Report on Proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Requirements for Automotive Body, Paint and Interior Repair and Maintenance Sector
- EASR.01.02: Technical Report on Proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Requirements for the Provision of Comfort Heating in Buildings
- EASR.01.03: Technical Report on Proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Requirements for the Printing Sector
- EASR.01.04: Technical Report on Proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Requirements for the Provision of Standby Power Generation Equipment in Buildings
In preparing the technical reports a review of selected jurisdictions across Canada and the U.S. was conducted to determine what pollution control requirements, best management practices and design constraints are currently used. In addition a review of current legislative and regulatory requirements, policies, and guidelines was conducted.
Should the Ministry decide to move to the registry regulation-making phase for any or all of the above noted sectors or activities, as noted above, a future posting with the proposed regulations will be done to solicit further public input and comment.
Compliance with the EASR
Specific legislative changes made in the Open for Business Act, 2010 provide for the following:
- a regulatory requirement for registrants to maintain and periodically update their registrations,
- the ability of the Director to require complete and accurate registration information to be filed,
- the ability for a provincial officer to issue a notice related to non-compliance with the requirements of the EASR regulations,
- the ability for a director or provincial officer as authorized by regulation, to issue administrative penalties for specific violations, and
- the ability of the Director to suspend and/or remove a registration from the EASR.
The Ministry will also be conducting reviews of registrations filed on the EASR (through audits and/or inspections) to promote and ensure compliance.