Iron, steel and ilmenite sector: pollution prevention planning notice

New reporting deadline

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for submitting the third interim progress report for the 2020 calendar year is extended to September 1, 2021.

The notice requires iron, steel and ilmenite facilities to prepare and implement a pollution prevention plan in respect of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOX), and volatile organic compounds (VOC). The notice includes targets for SO2 and NOx. Also, facilities have to consider implementing best practices to reduce fugitive VOC emissions where appropriate and practicable.

This notice is in effect from May 6, 2017, to June 1, 2028, and applies to any owner or operator of:

  • a facility listed in Table 1 of the notice
  • an iron, steel or ilmenite smelting facility that started operations between May 6, 2017, and December 31, 2027

For more details, refer to the iron, steel and ilmenite sector notice.

Deliverables and deadlines

Facilities listed in Table 1 of the notice must prepare and implement a pollution prevention plan, and submit declaration and progress reports by the following deadlines.

Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for submitting the third interim progress report for the 2020 calendar year is extended to September 1, 2021.

Table 1: detailed reporting deadlines for facilities listed in Table 1 of the notice
Deliverable Type of report Reporting year(s) Deadline
Prepare a pollution prevention plan by May 2, 2018 Schedule 1: declaration that a pollution prevention plan has been prepared and is being implemented January 1 to December 31, 2017 June 1, 2018
Interim progress report Schedule 4: interim progress report #1 January 1 to December 31, 2018 June 1, 2019
Interim progress report Schedule 4: interim progress report #2 January 1 to December 31, 2019 August 1, 2020Footnote 1 
Interim progress report Schedule 4: interim progress report #3 January 1 to December 31, 2020 September 1, 2021Footnote 1 
Interim progress report Schedule 4: interim progress report #4 January 1 to December 31, 2021 June 1, 2022
Interim progress report Schedule 4: interim progress report #5 January 1 to December 31, 2022 June 1, 2023
Interim progress report Schedule 4: interim progress report #6 January 1 to December 31, 2023 June 1, 2024
Interim progress report Schedule 4: interim progress report #7 January 1 to December 31, 2024 June 1, 2025
Interim progress report Schedule 4: interim progress report #8 January 1 to December 31, 2025 June 1, 2026
Interim progress report Schedule 4: interim progress report #9 January 1 to December 31, 2026 June 1, 2027
Implement a pollution prevention plan by May 2, 2028 Schedule 5: declaration that a pollution prevention plan has been implemented January 1 to December 31, 2027 June 1, 2028

Facilities that become subject to the notice after May 6, 2017 must:

  • prepare a pollution prevention plan no later than 6 months after the start of your operations, and submit a report (schedule 1) within 30 days following the end of the 6-month period
  • submit annual interim progress reports (schedule 4) on June 1 of the year after the start of your operations and every subsequent year on June 1 until the year 2027
  • implement a pollution prevention plan no later than May 2, 2028, and submit a report (schedule 5) by June 1, 2028

Reporting

You must complete and submit reports by the deadlines detailed above.

Performance results

1 facility out of 14 facilities subject to the notice is officially closed. All 13 facilities subject to the notice submitted their declaration of preparation (schedule 1) and their first and second interim progress report (schedule 4) for the year of 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. The third interim progress reports (schedule 4) with data from 2020 were expected by September 1, 2021.

The BLIERS target for the ilmenite smelting facility is to reduce SO2 emissions to 2.66 kg per tonne of titanium slag produced, by May 2, 2019. According to the 2019 report, the facility met this target. They emitted 2.34 kg of SO2.

All other targets are to be met in 2020 or beyond. These will be assessed at a future date, as appropriate. See table 2 of the iron, steel and ilmenite sector notice for more details on the BLIER air emission targets for NOx and SO2.

To access facility detailed schedule 1 and schedule 4 reports, refer to the P2 Planning Reports.

Related information

Past consultations

Contact us

Technical inquiries regarding the content of this notice:
Mining and Processing Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St-Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau QC  K1A 0H3

Email: mmp-tmm@ec.gc.ca

Inquiries regarding reporting and pollution prevention practices:
Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St-Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau QC  K1A 0H3

Email: planp2-p2plan@ec.gc.ca

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