Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18

Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18

Congratulations to the Approvals Reform team: The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has brought three new sectors into its Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act: Small Ground-Mounted Solar; Lithographic, Screen and Digital Printing; and Non-Hazardous Waste Transportation Systems. Qualifying activities in these sectors can therefore now take place through registration, instead of obtaining an Environmental Compliance Approval. Any facility  

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Narrow candidates for permit by rule: waste, solar, printing

Narrow candidates for permit by rule: waste, solar, printing

The latest draft Approvals Reform regulations are another small step in the right direction.  Clarifying and simplifying the requirements for routine, low impact activities, and reducing regulatory delay, is increasingly important if Ontario is to successfully compete for investment money and jobs.  Using the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) process (a type of permit by rule) for routine activities should also free up much needed resources for the quicker processing of  

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First “permit by rule” approval sectors

First “permit by rule” approval sectors

Ontario's new environmental approvals system is proposed to have two streams: a detailed Approvals Process (to be called Environmental Compliance Approval) for more complex situations, similar to the current certificates of approval. In this stream, applications for activities outside the EASR would be made to the Ministry of the Environment. The MOE would continue to do a detailed technical review of documentation submitted by the applicant(s) and to seek public input. a "permit by rule"  

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More on approvals reform

More on approvals reform

Bill 68, the  166 page Open for Business Act [i] is now available for download. The Bill establishes a framework for reform of environmental approvals, as part of a three-year initiative intended to foster more efficient government services to business, while continuing to protect the environment and the public interest. This long-overdue Bill received first reading on May 17, 2010, and is likely to pass easily.  

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