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ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITY AND SECTOR REGISTRY PERMITS (EASR)

EASR PermitOntario Regulation 245/11 "Prescribed Activities and the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry" (EASR) came into effect on October 31, 2011. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has launched the Modernization of Approvals program to allow facilities to obtain an Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Permit (EASR) for the following equipment if all Activity and Operating criteria are met:
  • Automotive spray-paint booths (O. Reg. 347/12);
  • Gas fired comfort heating units (O. Reg. 346/12);
  • Standby power generators less than 700 kW (O. Reg. 346/12);
  • small ground-mounted solar facilities - (O. Reg. 350/12);
  • lithographic, screen and digital printing facilities - (O. Reg. 349/12);
  • non-hazardous waste management transportation systems - (O. Reg. 351/12).
The following additional equipment is being proposed to be eligible for Sector Registry on the Environmental Bill of Rights:
  • Cooling towers;
  • Small dust collection systems at schools (does not include universities, colleges, or trade schools) and retail locations;
  • Laboratory fume hoods at schools (does not include universities, colleges, or trade schools);
  • Maintenance arc welding operations.

The following highlights a few of the proposed changes to the Regulation:

1. If a facility engages in an Activity at a site that is not eligible for Sector Registry (i.e. manufacturing paint booth exhaust, process related exhausts not listed above, process heat treating, chemical manufacturing exhausts, etc.) then all equipment on-site that would normally be eligible for Sector Registry is no longer eligible and must apply for a full Environmental Compliance Approval.

2. Minimum separation distances to sensitive receptors (residence, school, place of worship, etc.) apply to cooling towers depending on their location of installation.

3. There is a maximum cumulative cooling capacity for all cooling towers on-site, depending on the type of cooling tower, in order to be eligible for Sector Registry.

The EASR operating requirements (air and noise) were established assuming that the emissions would have a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Even if you meet the EASR operating criteria all facilities are still required to meet the municipal and provincial air and noise Regulations and By-Laws (Environmental Protection Act (EPA), O. Reg. 419/05, NPC-205, NPC-232, and various municipal noise by-laws).  
 
Fulco Environmental Inc. strongly recommends that facilities eligible for Sector Registry conduct an environmental assessment to ensure compliance with all air and noise emission criteria (EPA, Reg. 419/05, and NPC-205/232) before registering the equipment. By conducting an environmental assessment your facility is ensuring that the location of install for all equipment is acceptable to meet municipal and provincial air and noise emission criteria. This may save you any unforeseen air and/or noise mitigation costs that may be required down the road due to complaints and/or legislative changes.
 
Fulco Environmental Inc. will assist your facility in evaluating if you are eligible for the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) regulation by ensuring you meet all of the Activity and Operating Requirements required as well as register your equipment with the MOE. 

Another service Fulco offers is to conduct a site wide Environmental Compliance Assessment for all equipment to determine if you meet all of the provincial air and noise emission standards outlined in the Environmental Protection Act, O. Reg. 419/05, and NPC-205/232 noise guidelines.
 
All equipment at your site that is NOT eligible for the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Regulation may require a full Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA).
Further information will be made available for these Activities as they become available. 
 
For more information regarding the EASR Regulation please visit the MOE website at www.ene.gov.on.ca and the proposed changes at  http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTIwMTI0&statusId=MTc5NzQ0&language=en
 
Please feel free to contact us for further information or to request a quotation and our team will be happy to assist you.
    Fulco Environmental Inc.
    6-1500 Upper Middle Rd., W. Suite 318
    Oakville, ON, L6M 0C2
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