Forward Regulatory Plan 2018 to 2020, Environment and Climate Change Canada, chapter 3

Fisheries Act

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

Amendments to Schedule 2 of the Metal Mining and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

From time to time, the Minister of the Environment would recommend amendments to add fish-frequented water bodies to Schedule 2 of the Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations (MDMER). This would allow these water bodies to be used for the disposal of mine waste.

Each proposed amendment would be associated with a single Canadian metal mine.

These proposed amendments would affect the metal and diamond mining sector.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada holds consultations with stakeholders for each mining project before proposed amendments to Schedule 2 are published in the Canada Gazette. Timing and further details are to be determined.

Contact

Aimee Zweig
Director, Mining and Processing Division
Telephone: 819-938-4398
Fax: 819-420-7381
Email: aimee.zweig@canada.ca

Coal Mining Effluent Regulations

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The proposed regulations would include national baseline effluent quality standards for all coal mines and would include environmental effect monitoring provisions.

The proposed regulations would apply to the coal mining sector, which currently includes mines in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Pre-consultations were held in spring 2017 with relevant stakeholders.  Additional stakeholder engagement took place in winter 2018.

The proposed regulations are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2019/2020 for a 60-day public comment period.

Contact

Aimee Zweig
Director, Mining and Processing Division
Telephone: 819-938-4398
Fax: 819-420-7381
Email: aimee.zweig@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The proposed regulations would make minor amendments to the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations.

Organizational changes which occurred within Environment and Climate Change Canada and other federal, provincial or territorial governments, as well as the amendments made to the Fisheries Act and other regulations referenced in the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations have caused some information in the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations to become out of date.  Updates are required in order to keep these Regulations current and clear.

Related to:

Regulations Amending the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations

These proposed amendments would not affect the regulated community or the public.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed regulations are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in Winter 2019 for a 60-day public comment period.

Contact

Tanya Bryant
Acting Director, Environmental Emergencies
Telephone: 819-938-4072
Fax: 819-420-7624
Email: tanya.bryant@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations (PPER)

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The proposed amendments would modernize the regulations by streamlining requirements, reflecting current and future industry practices and amending certain requirements such as environmental effects monitoring.

These amendments would provide greater regulatory certainty to the pulp and paper sector.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

A consultation document was mailed to stakeholders and information sessions were held on the consultation document during fall 2017.

Meetings to consult on the Department’s proposal are planned for fall 2018 - winter 2019.

The proposed regulations are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2020 for a public comment period.

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
Telephone: 819-938-4251
Fax: 819-420-7384
Email: caroline.blais@canada.ca

Miscellaneous Amendments Regulation (MAR) Regulations Amending the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations (Miscellaneous program)

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

Environment and Climate Change Canada is in the process of addressing issues raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR) on the Regulations Amending the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations. The Department will make administrative amendments to the Regulations.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The publication of the final amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for Fall 2018.

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
Telephone: 819-938-4251
Fax: 819-420-7384
Email: caroline.blais@canada.ca

Order Declaring that the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations do not apply in Quebec

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The order under the Fisheries Act will declare that the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER) do not apply in Quebec, for wastewater systems for which the regulatory regime for wastewater is equivalent in effect with the WSER as provided in a bilateral equivalency agreement.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed equivalency agreement and order were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on March 21, 2015 for a 30-day comment period. The publication of the final regulation in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for late 2018/early 2019.

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
Telephone: 819-938-4251
Fax: 819-420-7384
Email: caroline.blais@canada.ca

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