Town Council passes amendment to the health protection air quality by-law

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 – for immediate release

Town Council passes amendment to the health protection air quality by-law

Facility reporting and approval process deadlines revised

Town Council unanimously passed an amendment to the Health Protection Air Quality By-law 2010-035 at its December 20, 2010 meeting. This amendment revises the implementation schedule for the reporting of emissions by facilities and approval process.

Oakville is the first municipality in Ontario to establish a health protection air quality by-law. This by-law will help protect the health of Oakville residents from the effects of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) by collecting information on emissions from facilities within Oakville and implementing an approval process for major emitters.  

The revised deadlines for the by-law implementation are as follows:

Reporting of emissions (section 4 of by-law) – May 2011 (by facilities who hold a Certificate of Approval for air emissions by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment) 
Reporting of emissions (section 4 of by-law) – September 2012 (by facilities who do not hold a Certificate of Approval for air emissions by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment) 
Major emitters approval process (section 6 of by-law) – September 2012 (facilities that are current major emitters)

For any proposed facilities that could be major emitters, the approval process passed on February 1, 2010 remains unchanged and in effect.

Town Council is committed to improving air quality in the Oakville airshed. In response to the town’s request, the province will undertake a review of how it regulates emissions of fine particulate matter, specifically PM 2.5 over the next 15 to 18 months. The changes to the town’s health protection air quality by-law implementation schedule will allow time for the province to complete its review.

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.

To view the staff report, please visit the Council Agenda’s page.

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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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