Regulation under the Environmental Protection Act and Environmental Assessment Act for the conversion of coal-fired electricity generating facilities to biomass.
Bill or Act:
Environmental Protection Act
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made to implement the regulatory amendments made under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) to support the government?s commitment to phase out coal-fired electricity generation facilities. The amending regulations were filed with the Registrar of Regulations on May 2, 2014 and took effect on filing. The regulations were filed as Ontario Regulation 129/14, Ontario Regulation 130/14, and Ontario Regulation 131/14.
The regulations will enable operators of existing coal-fired electricity generation facilities to return to being governed by the Electricity Projects Regulation (O.Reg.116/01) and Waste Projects Regulation (O.Reg.101/07) made under the EAA, and obtain any required Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs) under the EPA or Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA), rather than to obtain a Renewable Energy Approval (REA).
March 3, 2014
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is proposing regulations under the EPA and
Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) that will require the operators of the existing coal-fired electricity generation facilities to comply with the Electricity Projects (O.Reg.116/01) and Waste Projects (O.Reg.101/07) Regulations made under the EAA and obtain any required Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECA) under the EPA or the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA), in place of a Renewable Energy Approval (REA).
In addition, complementary amendments are also being proposed to the Electricity
Projects (O.Reg.116/01) and Waste Projects (O.Reg.101/07) Regulations made under
the EAA to provide that future changes to converted facilities remain governed by the
EAA process and not the REA process.
May 2, 2014