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.

To apply

An application for a PELES should be made in writing to ec.notification.ec@canada.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.

To obtain a copy of a PELES, please write to the Minister at the following address: ec.notification.ec@canada.ca.

Current permits

PELES issued under section 190 of CEPA 1999
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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