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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
To obtain a copy of a PELES, please write to the Minister at the following address: email@example.com.
|PELES||Permit holder||Issued||Expires||Hazardous waste||Variance to the Interprovincial Movement of Hazardous Waste Regulations|
|EC 13/12-1||Raw Material Company Inc.||July 21, 2014||July 20, 2019||Batteries, small electric and electronic devices, light tube or bulb||Sections 3 and 4 of the Regulations|
|EC 17-001||Revolution VSC Acquisition GP Inc.||June 26, 2017||June 26, 2020||Batteries||Sections 3 and 4 of the Regulations|
|EC 18-001||Laurentide Re-Sources Inc.||June 15, 2018||June 14, 2021||Batteries, small electric and electronic devices||Sections 3 and 4 of the Regulations|
|EC 18-002||Retriev Technologies Ltd.||July 1, 2018||June 30, 2021
||Batteries, small electric and electronic devices||Sections 3 and 4 of the Regulations|
|EC 18-003||Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.||July 15, 2018||July 14, 2021||Batteries, cell phones||Sections 3 and 4 of the Regulations|
|EC 18-004||Daniel Sharpsmart Canada Ltd.||June 1, 2018||May 31, 2021
||Biomedical waste||Sections 3 and 4 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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