Regulation 127 and TRA reporting is available on Single Window from May 1 until June 29. NPRI is
to June 29 as well.
For TRA reporting, the 2nd year comparison of 2011 data to 2010 data will not be enforced this year
(but still may be done) as it is not completely linked with the Single Window system at this time.
The Province of Ontario developed a Toxics Reduction Strategy that included the introduction of the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 to reduce pollution, and inform and help protect Ontarians from toxic chemicals in the air, water, land and consumer products.
Other components of the Strategy include elements to build capacity and provide support to business facilities to reduce toxics, and to keep Ontarians informed about toxics in the environment and consumer products.
The strategy is intended to refocus traditional ‘end of pipe’ management of chemicals to include a focus on chemical ‘use’. It is designed to foster a greener economy and to encourage the adoption of safer alternatives and green technologies.
As part of Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Strategy, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment is funding a partnership of BLOOM and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to deliver a Cleaner and Greener Manufacturing Program, which includes the development and delivery of training and technical assistance programs on toxics reduction and pollution prevention (P2).
The legislation applies to facilities identified by a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code that starts with 31, 32, 33 (manufacturing) and 212 (mining, except oil and gas). For facilities that engage mineral processing activities, they are only subject to the Act and regulation if the mineral processing facility INVOLVES the use of chemicals to separate, refine, smelt or concentrate metallic or non-metallic minerals from an ore.
The facility meet also meet the criteria for reporting to the National Pollutant Release Inventory of Environment Canada (NPRI) or O. Reg. 127/01 for Acetone.
If your facility uses or creates one or more of the substances listed in the NPRI or O. Reg. 127/01 (Acetone).
The prescribed toxic substances are separated into two Phases to focus on priority substances first:
This regulation applies to you. The slides below are included in the PowerPoint mentioned in the next section.
CME and BLOOM have worked together since the fall of 2010 to December 2012 to deliver a Cleaner and Greener Manufacturing Program, with support from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Key elements include:
Note: the information below and further details are available on the Ministry of the Environment website here. Twelve sessions in total are scheduled between May 1 and June 14 in Toronto, Markham, Guelph and Thunder Bay.
The Ministry of the Environment has developed a program to train and license more than 300 Toxic Substance Reduction Planners over the coming months.
To become a licensed planner an individual must:
We encourage you to join the Cleaner and Greener Manufacturing Portal on LinkedIn – a place to facilitate online conversation around all aspects related to this Act and Regulation.