Energy-intensive manufacturing companies involved in the cement,
lime, iron and steel sectors looking to reduce GHG emissions may
now take advantage of a new approval process introduced by the
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). The MOECC
recently posted amendments to the
Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and Environmental
Assessment Act (EAA) to facilitate the switch to alternative
low-carbon fuels in these sectors.
Alternative low-carbon fuels include non-hazardous, residual
wastes left after recyclables have been separated, as well as
certain types of biomass, such as agricultural and wood waste.
Previously, companies using alternative low-carbon fuels were
classified as "waste disposal sites" and were required to
obtain an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) under the EPA.
Under the new Alternative Low-Carbon Fuels
regulation, energy-intensive manufacturing companies wanting to use
alternative low-carbon fuels are no longer classified as such and
no longer require a "waste disposal site" ECA. In
addition, since these sites are no longer considered waste
management facilities, the Environmental Screening requirements under the
EAA no longer apply. Companies switching to
alternative low-carbon fuels will still be required to obtain and
comply with ECAs for air emissions and, where applicable,
Under the new regulations, proponents are required to consult
with the public and provide information about the anticipated
emissions and potential effects of the switch to alternative
low-carbon fuels prior to submitting an application to the MOECC.
Any associated air and wastewater ECAs would also require
consultation through the Environmental Registry and be subject to
third-party appeals to the Environmental Review Tribunal.
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