The Ministry of the Environment (the ministry) is requesting public comments on the proposed revocation of Guideline A-1: Combustion, Air Pollution Control and Monitoring Requirements for Biomedical Waste Incinerators, published in 2002 as it is out of date and not widely used.
The ministry is reviewing all of its statutes, regulations and policy instruments to reduce unnecessary and obsolete requirements, and to update and modernize policy documents.
The guideline recommends technology-based limits for a number of contaminants, such as particulate matter, metals, acid gases, nitrogen oxides and polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans. It also sets limits that are operational in nature, such as limits for organic matter, carbon monoxide and opacity. It sets out expectations for state-of-the-art process control systems and air pollution control equipment. It also establishes requirements for monitoring and performance testing of thermal treatment systems.
Guideline A-1 is not a regulation and its recommendations and limits become enforceable only if they are incorporated in a control document, such as a Certificate of Approval issued under the Environmental Protection Act.