Winter 2013 News Bulletin- Emissions Reporting TRA and ChemTRAC
EMISSIONS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
1. PROVINCIAL TOXICS REDUCTION ACT (TRA) REQUIREMENTS
The goal of the Toxics Reduction Act is to reduce the use and emissions of toxic substances. It requires facilities within Ontario to:
- Track and Account for toxic substances used, created, emitted, disposed of at their facility, with reports due June 1st of each year, and,
- Prepare a plan to reduce toxic substances, which are due December 31st this year. The plan must be certified by a certified planner and the highest ranking employee.
Does the Toxic Reductions Act Apply to my Company?
Toxic substances are defined as: All substances and substance groupings under NPRI as well as acetone (adopted from O.Reg.127/01) ? if you report to NPRI and are located in Ontario, TRA applies to you.
Accounting and Reporting Requirements
The Act requires prescribed facilities to track and account for the use, creation, disposal, and in product use of toxic substances at a facility. The facility must report these to the MOE and public. This report is due annually for as long as the facility meets reporting requirements as described above.
Toxics Reduction Plan
The Act requires that a facility prepare a plan to reduce the use, creation, disposal and emissions of toxic substances. The plan is due December 31st based on the previous year?s data, and is valid for 5 years or until there is a major change to the facility.
Lessons Learned from Phase I TRA Plan Submissions
- Have your NPRI calculations double-checked; many errors were found in third party calculations we reviewed.
- Start the planning process early; Airzone will be offering a 5% discount to all facilities that start their Planning with us before August 1st
2. CITY OF TORONTO (CHEMTRAC) REQUIREMENTS
Under the City of Toronto?s Municipal Code Chapter 423, and as of 2013, all companies in Toronto are required to report annualized air emissions as part of the final phase-in of this municipal regulation. Reporting is required by June 30th based on previous calendar year?s emissions. Since the reporting thresholds are much lower than for NPRI or TRA, much smaller facilities will be included under this regulation.
If you require assistance contact Nicole Shantz at 905 890 6957 ext. 109 (nshantz[at]airzoneone.com) or Roy Sabino at 905-890-6957 ext. 107 (rsabino[at]airzoneone.com).
Additional Provincial News
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITY AND SECTOR REGISTRY (EASR) REGULATIONS
EASRs provide EPA s.9 approvals for certain activities without the need to conduct a formal impact assessment (as is required for ECAs). However, they are only allowed for certain activities; since 2011 automotive spray booths, emergency generators and comfort heating systems have been EASR-eligible. In November 2012, the Ministry of the Environment has allowed three additional activities (small ground-mounted solar units, lithographic, screen and digital printing and non-hazardous waste transportation systems) to register under the EASR program, and has also made changes to the standby power system requirements for current EASR eligible power system activities.
For more detailed information you can contact: Lucas Neil at 905 890 6957 ext. 111 (lneil[at]airzoneone.com) or Roy Sabino at ext 107 (rsabino[at[airzoneone.com).
FURTHER PHASE-IN OF REGULATION 419
As of February 1, 2013 Schedule 5 companies were to update their Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) reports to use the new assessment models and air quality standards set forth. ESDM reports are the air impact assessment reports used as part of an ECA permit application. However, this requirement need not be accompanied by an application for s.9 approval.
Henceforth, all Schedule 4 and 5 companies need to update their ESDM?s annually, to be current as of December 31st, by March 31st of the following year.
For more detailed information you can contact: Roy Sabino at ext 107 (rsabino[at]airzoneone.com) or Franco DiGiovanni at ext 102 (fdi-giovanni[at]airzoneone.com).
ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCIES AND E2 PLANNING
This regulation applies to any person who owns or has the charge, management, or control of a substance listed in Schedule 1 of the Environmental Emergency Regulations (?the E2 Regulations?), and stores it in a container that could hold an amount greater than the threshold minimum amounts provided (i.e., has the potential to store that amount on-site). The regulation requires companies to prepare emergency release plans. Airzone can assist with emergency release modeling (US EPA ADAM/AFTOX/HGSYSTEM/SLAB models) as part of the emergency release plan.
For more detailed information you can contact: Franco DiGiovanni at ext 102 (fdi-giovanni[at]airzoneone.com).