Permits of equivalent levels of environmental safety
Under section 190 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), the Minister has the authority to issue a permit of equivalent level of environmental safety (PELES). Such a permit can authorize an activity to be conducted in a manner that does not comply with the requirements of division 8, part 7 of CEPA regarding the control and movement of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material.
To issue this type of permit, the Minister must be satisfied that the proposed activities provide a level of environmental safety that is at least equivalent to that provided by complying with the requirements of division 8 of CEPA. Such a variance from the regulations under specific conditions must be consistent with Canada’s international obligations and will be issued on a case-by-case basis.
An application for a PELES should be made in writing to DM-MD@ec.gc.ca and include the following:
- the name and section(s) of the relevant regulation
- complete contact information for the applicant including a Canadian address and the name of a contact person
- a description of the applicant’s activities/procedures to illustrate what happens during a transboundary movement of hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material under various scenarios
- a description of the hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material being transported
- an explanation and justification of the mechanism or alternate activity to be used to provide a level of environmental safety that will be equivalent to that provided by the regulation
If you have any questions concerning PELES, please contact us at: DM-MD@ec.gc.ca
|PELES||Permit holder||Issued||Expires||Hazardous waste||Variance to the Cross-Border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Regulations|
|EC21-001||Daniels Sharpsmart Canada Ltd.||October 31, 2021||October 31, 2024||Biomedical waste||Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations|
|EC21-004||Call2Recycle Canada Inc.||October 31, 2021||October 31, 2024
||Batteries, cell phones||Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations|
|EC21-005||Raw Materials Company Inc.||October 31, 2021||October 31, 2024||Batteries, small electric and electronic devices, light tube or bulbs||Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations|
|EC21-006||Laurentide Re-Sources Inc.||October 31, 2021||October 31, 2024
||Batteries, small electric and electronic devices||Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations|
|EC22-001||Li-Cycle Americas Corp.||March 01, 2022||March 01, 2025
||Batteries||Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations|
|EC23-001||Cirba Solutions Canada ULC.||April 27, 2023||April 27, 2026||Batteries, small electric and electronic devices||Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations|
Under CEPA, individuals and companies are entitled to confidentiality. Where the Act or other legislation prohibits the disclosure of such information, it will be protected from disclosure.
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