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Landfill gas electricity may be eligible for permit by rule in Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is seeking public comment on a proposed regulation to allow landfill gas power generating facilities to register in the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR).  The Registry is a much easier, quicker way to get environmental permission to build and operate a project, in comparison to the often slow, [...]

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, [...]

New fee for Ontario environmental sector registry

As of October 28, 2012, the Ministry of the Environment now charges $1,190 to register an activity in the an Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). See EBR Registry Number: 011-6549. This is part of a general raising of fees across the Ontario government, as recommend by the Drummond Report. Payment must be received in full, on [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]