1. Expand the types of activities that are eligible for the EASR
to include related activities and equipment, and
2. Draw a sharper line between the EASR program and full scale
Environmental Compliance Approvals, so that each site would obtain
EITHER an EASR or an ECA, but not both.
1. The amendments would allow more sites that have routine, low
impact activities to obtain operating approvals through the EASR so
that the ministry can refocus case-specific technical review
resources to more complex approval applications. In particular,
HVAC systems. An expansion on the definition of heating systems
currently in O. Reg. 346/12 to also include associated ventilation,
cooling and refrigeration equipment such as cooling towers. An HVAC
system with cooling towers would be subject to additional
eligibility and operating requirements
Standby power systems. It is proposed that the current EASR be
amended by changing mandatory operating requirements for mitigating
air and noise emissions into eligibility requirements to allow for
greater flexibility while still maintaining environmental
Dust collection systems. Only small dust collection systems at
retail locations or schools (schools does not include universities,
colleges or trade schools) are proposed to be eligible
Laboratory fume hoods. Only fume hoods that are used at schools
(schools does not include universities, colleges or trade schools)
are proposed to be eligible
Arc-welding equipment. It is proposed to include indoor
operation of arc-welding that is restricted in terms of welding rod
usage in order to capture light maintenance activities only
There will also be tweaks to the rules for standby
2. In pursuit of its "one site, one approval" concept,
O. Reg. 346/12 would also be amended to delineate between
EASR-eligible sites and those that will require ECAs. O. Reg.
346/12 would only apply (i.e. activities would be required to
register in EASR) if all of the activities at the site are
EASR-eligible. If there were any other activities that are not EASR
eligible (e.g. manufacturing process emissions) requiring a s. 9
approval, all of the activities at the site are no longer
prescribed for EASR. This means that more complex sites would
require ECAs and entirely EASR-eligible sites would require
registration in EASR.
This may not be to the benefit of all companies.
Comments can be submitted until October 07, 2013 and should
reference EBR Registry number 011-9631.
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