Approval for Your Business in Ontario
Every single business in Ontario
with processes or activities that discharge a contaminant to the natural
environment must have explicit approval from a governing body to operate
legally in the province. This approval can only be granted through the Ministry
of the Environment and businesses have two distinct ways to gain approval. The systems
and processes that the business uses will usually dictate which method is
appropriate for gaining environmental approval.
The two methods of approval in
These approvals are especially
important to businesses that range from small commercial facilities to large
manufacturing systems because these types of businesses have processes that are
most likely to have a negative environmental impact. Approval is required for
any business with the following environmental impacts:
Releasing contaminants into the
air, land or water; and
The storage, disposal or
transportation of waste.
from the Ministry of the Environment
serves two important purposes in
preserving the health of the environment. It helps the ministry track and limit
the amount of contaminants that are released into the environment as well as
ensuring businesses are liable for any spills and damages.
What is a Sector
The EASR is in place to allow
businesses to register explicitly allowable activities directly with the
Ministry of the Environment. The EASR is only available to a limited set of systems
that have been tested and approved for usage under a preset rule of operation.
The requirements to register for
the EASR program essentially mirror the same environmental standards that are
necessary to achieve an ECA however the EASR program exists only to remove the
approval process for specific minimal impact systems.
Businesses are currently able to
use the registry for the following routine systems:
Standby power systems (such as
Lithographic, screen and
digital printing facilities;
Small solar facilities; and
In an attempt to modernize the approval process for
businesses operating in Ontario, the Ministry of the Environment has made
Sector Registry Permits available in person and online. By registering the
activities, the business agrees to operate the systems based on the approved
operating procedures with record keeping requirements, if necessary.
The above systems must meet specific Activity and Operating
requirements in order to be eligible to register these systems. In addition, if
the system causes an adverse effect (noise or air emission complaint) or the
MOE does not feel that the equipment can operate in within the strict air and
noise emission criteria then your permit may be revoked and you could be forced
to apply for a full ECA as part of an MOE Section 20.18 Order.
EASR and Environmental
can play a vital role in simplifying the EASR permit process
. In almost all
cases it is a good idea to have an environmental assessment conducted before
registering recognized systems with the EASR. Environmental consultants are
professionals that can efficiently conduct this assessment and detect potential
problems with equipment that could lead to unforeseen complaints or issues in
the future. These problems usually are in regards to air and noise emissions
that do not meet either municipal or provincial standards.
Environmental consultants are
experts in regards to the EASR and will be able to both register the applicable
systems, as well as keep the business informed when new changes are made to the
Trust environmental consultants for your EASR permit. They
will efficiently register the systems and also ensure the rest of the equipment
meets necessary standards.