Health protection air quality by-law enters second phase of implementation

Thursday, August 05, 2010 – for immediate release

Health protection air quality by-law enters second phase of implementation

Facilities with provincial certificates of approval for air emissions have six months to report

The town’s Health Protection Air Quality By-law 2010-035 has entered the second phase of implementation. The reporting requirement under Section 4 of the by-law is now in effect for existing and proposed facilities that have a provincial certificate of approval for air emissions, and that emit fine particulate matter (fine PM) and health-risk air pollutants.

Facilities that emit over a negligible amount, are on a lot size of 0.1 hectare or greater, or contain 25 dwelling units or more, are required to submit a report on their fine PM and health-risk air pollutant emissions to the town within the next six months.

“Council’s objective with this by-law is to protect the health of our residents by monitoring and regulating emissions of fine PM — an air pollutant with a proven negative effect on human health that is not currently regulated by the provincial or federal government,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Staff will continue to facilitate the reporting and approval process for local facilities so everyone is clear on the requirements and timelines.”

The town is offering a second workshop to explain the requirements of the reporting process for facilities that fall under the by-law on Thursday, August 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Oakville Room at Town Hall. The first workshop was held on July 15 and further workshops will be scheduled monthly over through January 2010.

Guidance documents providing clear explanations of the requirements for reporting emissions under the by-law are available on the town’s website at oakville.ca/healthairqualitybylaw.htm, along with background information and archived presentations.

In February 2011, all existing major emitters of fine PM and health-risk air pollutants will be required to apply for town approval for those emissions.

For more information email healthprotection@oakville.ca.

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Media contacts:

Cindy Toth, Director
Environmental Policy
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601,  ext. 3299
ctoth@oakville.ca

Douglas Carr
Town Solicitor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3018
dcarr@oakville.ca


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