Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations (SOR/92-269)

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These regulations govern the deposit of deleterious substances from pulp and paper mills into water frequented by fish, to manage threats to fish, their habitat, and to human health from fish consumption. They set limits for the maximum quantities of prescribed deleterious substances that may be deposited by mills under prescribed conditions and prohibit the deposit of acutely lethal effluent. They also contain requirements for environmental effects monitoring.

Additional information

Frequently asked questions: Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations

Pulp and paper effluent quality

Management of toxic substances: forest products industry

Environmental effects monitoring

Technical guidance for pulp and paper Environmental Effects Monitoring studies

2012 Status report on the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations

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Nonylphenol and its Ethoxylates Contained in Products (Notice Completed), Pollution Prevention Planning Notices  

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Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations Annual Report

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Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Environmental Protection Branch
Industrial Sectors, Chemicals, and Waste Directorate
Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Boulevard, Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
Phone number: 1-800-668-6767
Email address: refpppper@ec.gc.ca

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These regulations govern the deposit of deleterious substances from pulp and paper mills into water frequented by fish, to manage threats to fish, their habitat, and to human health from fish consumption. They set limits for the maximum quantities of prescribed deleterious substances that may be deposited by mills under prescribed conditions and prohibit the deposit of acutely lethal effluent. They also contain requirements for environmental effects monitoring.

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Regulations are current to 2021-03-23 and last amended on 2018-09-26. Previous Versions

Enabling Act: Fisheries Act

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These regulations govern the deposit of deleterious substances from pulp and paper mills into water frequented by fish, to manage threats to fish, their habitat, and to human health from fish consumption. They set limits for the maximum quantities of prescribed deleterious substances that may be deposited by mills under prescribed conditions and prohibit the deposit of acutely lethal effluent. They also contain requirements for environmental effects monitoring.

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