Earlier this summer, the Canadian government finalized the
Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations [MSAPR]. This is the first
time Canada has implemented nation-wide compulsory air pollutant
limits on major industrial facilities. It is also the first
regulation that addresses Base-level Industrial Emissions
Requirements, one element of Canada's Air Quality Management
System. The Air Quality Management System is a collaborative
approach to air quality management involving all levels of
The regulations establish emissions targets for the following
Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from
boilers and heaters
NOx emissions from stationary
spark-ignition engines that combust fossil fuels, and
NOx and sulphur dioxide emissions
from cement mixing facilities.
The MSAPR targets the following equipment types:
boilers and heaters used to generate
heat and steam for various purposes in industrial facilities in the
following sectors: alumina and aluminum; base metal smelting;
cement; chemicals and fertilizers; electricity; iron ore pellets;
iron, steel and ilmenite; oil sands; potash; pulp and paper; and
oil and gas,
new and existing stationary
spark-ignition engines used for compression, electric power
generation and pumping in the oil and gas sector,
new stationary spark-ignition engines
in the following sectors: alumina and aluminum; base metal
smelting; cement; chemicals and fertilizers; electricity; iron ore
pellets; iron, steel and ilmenite; oil sands; potash; pulp and
paper; and petroleum refineries, and
grey cement manufacturing
The MSAPR came into force on June 17, 2016. Specific
requirements will be phased in from January 1, 2018 and January 1,
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