Health protection air quality by-law report goes to Town Council Monday

Friday, December 17, 2010 – for immediate release

Health protection air quality by-law report goes to Town Council Monday

The Environmental Policy and Legal departments will present a report to Town Council at their meeting on Monday, December 20, 2010, recommending a change in the implementation schedule for some components of the health protection air quality by-law. This will provide the provincial and federal governments additional time to complete their reviews. A revised by-law implementation schedule has been proposed with an amending by-law.

On November 15, 2010, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) responded positively to the town’s request for a provincial review of the need for a new act or regulation with regard to PM2.5 and indicated it would take 15 to 18 months to complete their review.

In addition, on October 20, 2010, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment announced that federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers were moving forward with a new collaborative air management approach. This would  better protect human health and the environment including a comprehensive regulatory framework, adoption of a more stringent Canada Wide Standard, emission guidelines and other programs that address a wide range of industrial and non-industrial sources of air contaminants.

Staff has reviewed the implications of these initiatives on the town’s health protection air quality by-law and remains committed to implementing the town’s by-law since these initiatives do not identify, at this point in time, specific actions that will be taken to protect residents from the harmful effects of PM2.5.

The town will actively engage in all consultative activities around the provincial and federal initiatives to ensure that the town’s goals to protect the health of Oakville’s community and local air quality are addressed.

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Media contact

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

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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Health protection air quality by-law report goes to Town Council Monday