Town holds public workshop to review emission-reporting process of health protection air quality by-law

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 – for immediate release

Town holds public workshop to review emission-reporting process of health protection air quality by-law

Section 4 of by-law explained at workshop for facilities that fall under town’s health protection air quality by-law

Facilities that fit under Section 4 of the Town of Oakville’s Health Protection Air Quality By-law 2010-035, are required to submit a report to the town on their fine particulate matter (PM) and health-risk air pollutant emissions by February 1, 2011.

To help these facilities understand the by-law, the town is offering a workshop on December 14, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., to explain Section 4 requirements and reporting process. The workshop will be held at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road, in Committee Rooms 1 and 2. Please pre-register for the workshop at healthprotection@oakville.ca

Guidance documents for Section 4 emissions reporting under the by-law are available on the town’s health protection and air quality web page, as well as background information and presentations.

The purpose of the by-law is to protect the health of Oakville residents from the negative effects of fine PM by collecting information on emissions from facilities within Oakville and implementing regulatory controls for major emitters as defined in the by-law. 

The town’s reporting requirements of the Health Protection Air Quality By-law 2010-035, approved by Town Council on February 1, 2010, are in effect for existing facilities that have a provincial certificate of approval for air emissions, and that emit fine PM and health-risk air pollutants.

Earlier this month, the town received notice from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) that, as a result of the town’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) application, the province will be undertaking a review of how it manages emissions of fine particulate matter, specifically PM 2.5.  A report on the notice from the province and the implementation of the health protection air quality by-law will go to Town Council on December 20, 2010.

For more information, please contact Jeffrey Lee at 905-845-6601, ext. 3149 or email healthprotection@oakville.ca

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Media contact

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


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Town holds public workshop to review emission-reporting process of health protection air quality by-law