2B – Managing Industrial Air Emissions: Air, GHGs, Odour and Noise

Course Agenda

May 8, 2019
Course Description

This popular course is constantly being updated to deliver Canada’s most authoritative guide to complying with federal, provincial and municipal rules governing industrial air emissions and avoiding associated liability and nuisance issues resulting from emissions of noise, odour and dust.

New for 2019, a cannabis producer case study that provides many real-world examples of the do’s and don’ts associated with air, noise and odour emissions.

Course Co-Chairs

Brad Bergeron, RWDI | John Georgakopoulos, Willms and Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP


Rachel Skeoch, RWDI | Jacquelyn Stevens, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP | Annik White, RWDI | (Invited), Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks | Kyle Hellewell, RWDI | Sarah Pellatt, RWDI | Christina Marciano, Sussex Strategy Group | Martin Vroegh, Ontario Centres of Excellence | Giselle Davidian, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP | Richard Butler, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP | Susan Lower, Technical Director of Stewardship & Compliance, RWDI | Gatlin Smeijers, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Course begins 9 AM

Air, noise, and odour emissions: Managing environmental risks and liabilities
  • Overview of regulations governing industrial air emissions
  • Role and jurisdiction of federal and provincial governments
  • Strategies to manage environmental liabilities related to air, noise and odour emissions

New Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019
E2 plans and updates: Hazard modelling

• Overview of new Environmental Emergency (E2) Regulations
• What are hazard studies and when are they required?
• Accidental release scenarios – the use of specialized hazard modelling tools to determine emergency planning zones

Managing nuisance issues: Courts and tribunals
  • Case law updates: Lessons learned from recent cases – civil, prosecutions, and ERT
  • Dealing with land use, zoning issues and conflicts

Managing noise, odour and dust: Permitting and approvals (technical)
  • Noise nuisance permitting
  • Air quality nuisance aspects – odour and dust

Managing air emissions approvals in Ontario
  • EASRs: Lessons learned; planning for an audit
  • Making changes to approvals – Schedule 3
  • Approval update regarding eECAs
  • Air emissions standards and updated dispersion models

Federal carbon policy and carbon tax backstop
  • Political landscape: Why are we talking about carbon pricing in Canada? Overview of the dynamics between the federal government and the provinces.
  • Introduction to federal backstop program: overview of fuel tax and Output Based Pricing System (OBPS)
  • How will federal program impact industry and how should they prepare?
  • Risks and Opportunities

Life beyond cap and trade (legal)
  • Ontario’s decision to repeal Cap & Trade
  • The “Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan” and Ontario’s proposed Industrial Emission Performance Standards (EPS) for large emitters
  • What other provinces and jurisdictions are doing that Ontario may adopt?
  • What are the legal issues industry needs to be aware of?

Emissions reporting and technical requirements (technical)
  • Changes to Canada’s GHG reporting program
  • Provincial reporting requirements (Ontario and other jurisdictions)
  • How has the process changed?
  • What needs to be done from a technical perspective?

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) drivers: Greenhouse gas reduction and stewardship
  • Social commitments: Obligation to shareholders; liabilities. Why have mandatory stewardship compliance programs been introduced?
  • Regulations: Impacts on my facility? How to get started? Costs?
  • Relationships: Working cooperatively with suppliers (How do they affect my facility? Supply chain? Distribution network?); industry associations and public.
  • Transparency: Accurately measuring, and reporting GHG reductions performance; presenting GHG & product stewardship reductions as benefits to employees, shareholders and publics. Where do Stewardship measures fit in the Corporate Sustainability Report?

Case Studies:  Cleantech is making a difference for low carbon economies
  • How Ontario Centres of Excellence partners with industry to accelerate commercialization of innovation.
  • Case studies: More efficiency, growing biomass or RNG energy, the development of advanced materials, other advanced technology applications.
  • Hydrogen, and looking to some future technologies for cleantech, transportation and the transition.

Cannabis in Ontario: What do we know? (Legal/Technical)
  • Environmental legal requirements
  • Environmental operational and technical considerations
    • Ventilation
    • Odour
    • Light
  • What’s next?

Industrial air emissions Question & answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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