News from RWDI AIR
November 18, 2013
The deadline to submit Toxic Substance Reduction Plans for Phase II substances is December 31st, 2013.
You are required to submit a Toxic Reduction Plan for Phase II substances to the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) through Environment Canada's Single Window Reporting system if you:
- Reported Phase II chemicals to NPRI in the 2012 calendar year, and
- Have a NAICS code of 31, 32, 33 or 212 (using a chemical in the extraction process) or reported Acetone under Ontario Regulation 127/01.
The Toxic Substance Reduction must be signed by a licensed Toxic Reduction Planner and the highest ranking employee at the facility. RWDI's licensed Toxic Substance Reduction Planners (TSRP) are available to answer your questions, and assist you as needed.
Thomas Walker: Thomas.Walker@rwdi.com
Karri Legarrie: Karri.Legarri@rwdi.com
Colin Welburn: Colin.Welburn@rwdi.com
Brad Bergeron: Brad.Bergeron@rwdi.com
Mark Vanderheyden: Mark.Vanderheyden@rwdi.com
ALERT: New Environmental Noise Guideline, October 2013
A new Environmental Noise Guideline, publication NPC-300 has just been released by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE). It addresses how much sound from industrial, institutional and transportation sources is allowed at nearby sensitive land uses. Previous guidance provided in publications NPC-205, NPC-232, and LU-131 is being replaced by publication NPC-300.
The new guideline harmonizes the previous guidance and introduces changes on how noise must be assessed. Significant changes in the areas of receptor definition and sound level limits will have impacts on environmental compliance approvals and noise assessments for land use planning.
- Environmental Compliance Approvals - the changes are effective immediately.
- Land Use Planning - applications will graduate to NPC-300 when the local municipality requires.
Some of the changes are highlighted below:
Environmental Compliance Approval
The area of greatest potential restriction is the change of criteria for impulsive noise. Infrequent impulses will have stricter limits. Impulse sources such as trucking operations and garbage dumps will need to be quieter to achieve compliance. Similarly, metalworking operations will be more restricted.
The guideline provides better clarity on assessing intermittent sources and the operation of emergency equipment for maintenance and testing. For emergency generators and similar equipment the limits and assessment procedure are relaxed.
NPC-300 also introduces a number of changes to which points of reception need to be considered. It is considerably more specific about location. Many industries will be relieved by the change to how places of worship located in commercial or industrial areas are to be dealt with. On the other hand, the definition of a sensitive receptor has also been broadened and become more explicit concerning land that could become noise sensitive in the future.
Land Use Planning
The biggest change concerns sensitive land uses that are being developed or redeveloped in areas influenced by sound from industrial or institutional sources. Mitigation applied to a house or apartment building is now permitted in certain circumstances. A special land use designation to be provided by the municipality will also allow higher sound level limits to be applied. This is a major shift in how residential land use can be separated from industrial and institutional sources.
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