What is an
An environmental approval is
absolutely essential for most businesses to operate legally in Ontario. Any
business with operations resulting in contaminants being released into the
environment must first apply to receive an approval to operate. This is
especially important for manufacturing, engineering, commercial and industrial
businesses due to the nature of the operating processes and the levels of
contaminants that can result. It is important to note that noise and vibration
are also considered
contaminants under the definition used by the Ministry of the Environment. The
definition also includes traditional types of pollutants that may be released
into the air, land or water.
The Ministry of the Environment is the governing body in
Ontario responsible for granting and registering environmental approvals. The
purpose of requiring businesses to apply for approval allows the Ministry to
enforce the Environmental Protection Act and control the amount of pollutants
that are released into the environment. It also serves to ensure businesses are
held liable for any types of spills and other environmental violations.
Approval in Ontario
There are two main methods for
securing an environmental approval to operate in the province. In order to
secure approval, a business must prove it can operate in compliance with the
regulations in place to protect air quality and control noise pollution.
There are some common systems
that have been tested and recognized as operating within approved guidelines by
the Ministry of the Environment. In order to make the environmental approval
process more streamlined, businesses can register the systems with the Environmental Activities and Sector
(EASR) to secure a permit for those approved systems if all of the
Activity and Operating Requirements are achieved. EASR is available for the
following systems in Ontario:
Standby power systems (such as
Automotive finishing facilities;
Lithographic, screen and
digital printing facilities;
Small solar facilities; and
All systems and processes that fall outside of those
contained in the EASR registry must be explicitly approved with an Environmental
Compliance Approval (ECA). This formal approval replaces the previous method of
approval called the Certificate of Approval (C of A). The levels of emissions,
including noise and vibration, must be tested independently and the audit must
be included in the paperwork required for the application. The Ministry of the
Environment will analyze the application and verify that the levels of
contaminants are at an acceptable limit to operate within the province.
Environmental and Acoustic
Environmental and acoustic consultants are vital to the
operation of many businesses
in Ontario. These professionals are typically
responsible for conducting the various types of emissions testing and preparing
the audit information for businesses applying for an ECA approval. They can
also help businesses register their systems with the EASR.
When choosing an environmental
consulting company it is important to find a company that offers a wide range
of services. It is important that the company you choose delivers quality
services for great value since the testing and audits may have to be repeated in
order to maintain the environmental approval.
Trust a reputable environmental consulting company in
Ontario for all of your environmental approval needs.