It is the mandate of the Industrial Compliance Section to:
The following services are provided to assist and regulate industry in the reduction of emissions of air pollution, discharge of wastewater and disposal of solid waste.
The Industrial Compliance Section develops and administers Certificates of Approval for the Construction and/or Operation of various industrial facilities. Industries with air emissions and/or effluent discharge may be required to obtain a Certificate of Approval for the construction and operation of their facility. A Certificate of Approval consists of terms and conditions which regulate the activities of the industrial facility. This ensures that degradation of the environment does not occur and that the facility is in compliance with provincial environmental requirements.
Any enquiries concerning the Certificate of Approval process can be forwarded to the Industrial Compliance Section.
Section 90 of the Environmental Protection Act allows inspectors of the Industrial Compliance Section to conduct site inspections as may be necessary to ensure compliance with provincial environmental requirements. Inspections conducted by ICS may include: air, soil or water sampling; discussions with industry representatives; and review of records.
The ICS provides technical advice to industry and public members on various issues including the following
The ICS offers advice on how to perform the above activities while minimizing the environmental impacts. Such advice may be based on an evaluation of:
The ICS provides advice on the development and implementation of the following monitoring programs for industry:
These programs are essential in monitoring the environmental impact of industry operations and industry's compliance with provincial environmental requirements.
ICS representatives are available to assist industry in the development and evaluation of a contingency plan. An effective plan provides a set of procedures to be implemented in the occurrence of a spill or leak of a deleterious substance.
The Industrial Compliance Section receives and investigates environmental complaints regarding industrial activities. Such complaints may be received from the general public, or from industrial operations as per reporting requirements. If you would like to make an environmental complaint with regard to industry's activities, please forward your concerns to the Pollution Prevention Division.
The ICS reviews monthly environmental monitoring reports of industrial air emissions and effluent testing data to ensure that industry members are complying with provincial environmental requirements. This allows ICS to verify that all emissions and effluent discharges are within acceptable levels. For many industry members, submission of such reports are a requirement of their Certificate of Approval for operation.
Representatives of the Industrial Compliance Section participate in various community related committees. These committees provide a forum whereby representatives of industry, government agencies and local communities can discuss environmental matters and other matters of general interest or concern.
The ICS are involved the management of impacted sites, to ensure that private and government owned properties are managed in accordance with the provincial “Guidance Document for the Management of Impacted Sites”. Responsibilities include the following:
Representatives of the ICS manage the environmental assessment and remediation of provincially-owned impacted sites, including former military sites, waste disposal sites, and other provincially-owned properties. Management is in accordance with provincial and federal environmental requirements, including the provincial “Guidance Document for the Management of Impacted Sites”. The ICS retain environmental consultants to complete the environmental site assessment work required to delineate impacts on a given site. Representatives of the ICS coordinate with the environmental consultants to achieve site remediation to an acceptable level.
Representatives of the ICS complete regulatory review of impacted sites in the province, including both private and provincial-owned sites, to ensure that they have been managed in accordance with the “Guidance Document for the Management of Impacted Sites.” Environmental assessment and remediation is completed at the site by a site professional, as outlined in the provincial guidance and upon completion of the site assessment/remediation work, summary reports and a Record of Site Condition are submitted for regulatory closure. The ICS completes a detailed regulatory review. Once the ICS are satisfied that the site has been managed in accordance with the guidance, and that the stated level of contamination remaining on the subject property does not pose an unacceptable risk to human health or to the environment, an ICS representative will sign the Record of Site Condition.
The ICS may provide technical assistance and advice to other government organizations/departments, industry, environmental consultants, site owners and others with an interest in an impacted site, with respect to our guidance and acceptable environmental site management practices.
Clients include owners and operators of industrial facilities, government organizations/departments, environmental consultants, owners of impacted sites and the general public.
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