Quick Steps to an Environmental Compliance Check-Up
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Here are some commonly asked environmental questions, and their answers, to ensure your compliance with regulations. If you ever find yourself unsure, environmental consulting services like DigiSci are here to help.
Can the Public Report a Spill? An Incident?
Yes, they can. And organizations encourage the public to do so. If the public has a tip or concern, they can reach out to the Public Pollution Reporting Hotline at 866-MOETIPS (663-8477).
In compliance with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), the public can also call if they see any of the following:
- A pollution spill anywhere on land, water, or air
- Industrial pollution
- Noise pollution
- Pollution dumped into the natural environment
- Inappropriate commercial or waste disposal
In addition, businesses need to report any spill to the Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060 or 416-325-3000.
If I Receive a Verbal Warning from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Will I Also Receive a Written Warning?
Yes, you will. While enforcement officers may give you a verbal warning, ECCC directives state a written warning should soon follow.
The written warning has this information:
- The section of the act involved
- A description of the offence
- Further action that can be taken by the enforcement officer if the accused doesn’t correct their mistake
While warnings do not have the legal power of an order, they can and will be considered if there are future infractions and could increase the frequency of inspection.
To avoid these scenarios, consider consulting some environmental consulting firms in Toronto.
Are There Stormwater Regulations?
In Ontario, no. However, the provincial government does provide a guidance document. Further, communities have been adopting stormwater management fees. These communities include: Aurora, London, Mississauga, St. Thomas, Waterloo, and Richmond Hill.
Other communities, like Barrie, spend millions of dollars to repair infrastructure to address stormwater. Consider reaching out to the local community to see if they have fees or requirements. It’s also possible to contact environmental consultants in Ontario.
Do I Have to Remove My Underground Storage Tank if I No Longer Use It?
Yes, unless you get approval from the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to keep it. You are always required to remove any unused underground storage tanks.
The TSSA may issue approval to allow an underground storage tank to be abandoned and left underground. But you must submit an application to the TSSA in order to get this approval (known as a variance).
Did Environment Canada Change the NPRI Reporting Dates?
Yes, it did. The reporting date is now September 30, 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this will revert back to June 1 starting in 2022. If you’re unsure about how to report, contact environmental consulting firms in Toronto for guidance.