Understanding Environmental Regulations

Edmonton, Alberta /
Nov 1 - 3, 2017 /
Course Code: 08-1125-2346

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After participating in this course you will be able to do the following:

  • Apply your skills in contracting, integrating health and safety, data management and reporting, inspections and investigations, negotiating approvals, and environmental management
  • Understand the legislation that directly impacts solid waste, industrial effluents, and air emissions
  • Identify practical approaches for environmental compliance
  • Manage environmental issues subject to various regulations

The environmental “command and control” compliance philosophy continues to dominate the government policy agenda, and the only way to avoid liability for non-compliance is to thoroughly understand regulatory requirements. This course will increase your understanding of environmental compliance issues and regulatory environment in a variety of jurisdictions. The course emphasizes the application of regulations in the various areas of concern to industry.

Whether you have limited previous knowledge or simply need to study regulation updates, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the federal and provincial environmental regulations and how they affect industrial processes and projects.

Course Outline:

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Provincial Permitting Requirements
  • Regulation of Air Quality: Federal and Provincial Regulation
  • Regulation of Impacts to Water I: Federal  and Provincial Requirements
  • Technical Issues: Water and Waste Water
  • Contaminated Sites and Asset Transfer
  • Liability and Legal Defence
  • Monitoring
  • Climate Change Risk
  • Aboriginal Issues

Who Should Attend:
Environmental Managers • Coordinators • Engineers • Scientists• Environmental Departments • Corporate/Project Managers • Directors and Officers • Facility Managers • Plant Superintendents• In-house counsel• Consultants • Regulatory Personnel• Municipal Personnel

Please Note:
4:30 Adjournment (Day I & II) Day 3 ends at 2:30

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Please Note:
4:30 Adjournment (Day I & II) Day 3 ends at 2:30

Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration & coffee (1st day only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Adjournment

There will be one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment & networking break during each morning & afternoon session.

Day I

8:00 Registration and Coffee

8:20 Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Part I: Project Assessment and Approvals

8:30 Introduction: The Legal System
(Teresa Meadows)

  • Constitutional law, division of powers for environmental matters
  • Laws, regulations, codes, and guidelines

9:30 Environmental Assessment
(Teresa Meadows)

  • General environmental assessment concepts and definitions
  • The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and anticipated amendments
  • Public participation
  • The provincial EA process
  • Substitution and co-ordination with the Federal EA process
  • Legal challenges to EA processes

10:00 Refreshments and Networking

10:15 Environmental Assessment: Technical Aspects
(Stephen Lamming)

  • Required studies and information
  • Problems and pitfalls
  • Application to Projects

11:00 Provincial Permitting Requirements
(Stephen Lamming)

  • Overview of the provincial regulatory scheme
  • Environmental acts and regulations
  • Standards, guidelines, and codes of practice
  • The permit process: problems and pitfalls

12:00 Lunch

Part II: Specific Regulation of Air, Water, Waste, and Soil

1:00 Regulation of Air Quality: Federal and Provincial Regulation
(Stephen Lamming)

  • Air quality management
  • Comprehensive air quality management system (CAMS/AQMS) and implications
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Dealing with nuisance issues

1:45 Regulation of Air Quality: Technical Issues

  • Impact, risk assessment, and cumulative effects
  • Planning for abatement
  • Case study

2:15 Refreshments and Networking

2:30 Regulation of Impacts to Water I: Federal Requirements
(Teresa Meadows)

  • Protection of water resources and fish habitat under the Fisheries Act
  • Key concepts:  fish, fish habitat, serious harm, fisheries waters, deleterious substances
  • Project review, information requirements, mitigation and habitat compensation
  • The Metal Mining Effluent Regulations and ECCC’s Environmental Code of Practice for Metal Mines
  • Cases, sentences, and other news from the “trenches”
  • Anticipated amendments to the Fisheries Act regime t
  • Water Management under the Navigation Protection Act

3:30 Regulation of Impacts to Water II: Provincial Requirements
(Teresa Meadows)

  • Applicable provincial legislation
  • Sewer by-laws
  • Pollution prevention
  • Management strategies

4:30 Adjournment

Day II

Continuation of Part II: Specific Regulation of Air, Water, Waste, and Soil

8:30 Technical Issues: Water and Waste Water
(Stephen Lamming)

  • Water and wastewater
  • Characterization and limits
  • Water quality guidance

9:00 Chemicals Management
(Stephen Lamming)

  • The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
  • Regulation of toxic substances, export and import
  • Chemicals management

9:30 Regulating Soil Quality
(Stephen Lamming)

  • Soil quality guidelines (CCME and Provincial)
  • Generic vs. site-specific remediation criteria
  • Requirements for site assessment

10:00 Refreshments and Networking

10:15 Contaminated Sites and Asset Transfer
(Teresa Meadows)

  • Applicable legislation
  • Update on contaminated property and industrial sites
  • Liabilities and opportunities
  • Requirements for remediation
  • Case study

11:15 Regulation of Waste and Hazardous Waste
(Teresa Meadows)

  • Definitions of hazardous waste (provincial and extra-provincial)
  • Provincial general waste management requirements
  • Managing categories of special wastes (rechargeable batteries, pesticide containers, e-wastes, waste oil and filters, waste paint)
  • Status of provincial waste reduction and waste diversion programs
  • A brief overview of transportation issues associated with waste management

12:00 Lunch

Part III: Spills, Investigations and Enforcement, Legal Liability and Defence

1:00 Spills
(Teresa Meadows)

  • What constitutes a “spill”
  • Response activities
  • Reporting requirements

1:30 Case Study: Spills
(Teresa Meadows)

1:45 Enforcement: Inspection and Investigation
(Teresa Meadows)

  • Steps that management may follow when faced with an inspection
  • Obligation to cooperate
  • Interview of employees
  • Written statements
  • Search and seizure of documents and important papers
  • Search warrant requirements, solicitor client privilege
  • Admissibility of evidence and the right to legal counsel

2:30 Refreshments and Networking

2:45 Liability and Legal Defence
(Teresa Meadows)

  • Due Diligence
  • Prosecutions
  • Civil liability/compensation
  • Legal perspective on managing your liability
  • Liability of companies, directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents

4:00 Case Study: Prosecution
(Teresa Meadows)

4:30 Adjournment


Part IV: Developing Areas: Information Management, Climate Change, Corporate Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities and Voluntary Initiatives (including EMS)

8:30 Monitoring
(Stephen Lamming)

  • Permit conditions
  • Source testing
  • Air and water monitoring
  • Environmental effects

9:30 Information Management and Reporting
(Stephen Lamming)

  • Reporting requirements under the NPRI
  • Provincial reporting
  • EMS requirements under the Environmental Code of Practice for Metal Mines
  • National and international EMS standards
  • Compliance audits

10:15 Refreshments and Networking

10:30 Climate Change Risk
(Stephen Lamming)

  • Managing risk: mitigation and adaptation
  • GHG standards and protocols: ISO 14064/5
  • Managing GHG reduction
  • Technology and offsets
  • Validation and verification
  • Adaptation and infrastructure
  • Vulnerability assessment

11:15 Corporate Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities
(Teresa Meadows)

  • Canadian securities reporting and environmental disclosure obligations
  • OSC staff notice: staff notice 51-716
  • CSA staff notice 51-333
  • US securities reporting and environmental disclosure obligations
  • SEC interpretation release nos. 33-9106; 34-61469; FR-82
  • Institutional and individual investor demands
  • The Carbon Disclosure Project and Global Reporting Initiative shareholder initiatives
  • “But I’m not the CFO”: how do these disclosure obligations affect frontline staff

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Aboriginal Issues
(Teresa Meadows)

  • The duty to consult and accommodate
  • Understanding and addressing aboriginal issues
  • Aboriginal title, the Tsilhqot’in Nation decision and implications for regulatory processes and project developers
  • Consultation requirements for proponents
  • Addressing heritage and outstanding land claim issues

1:45 Public Consultation
(Teresa Meadows)

  • Understanding the role of the public in regulatory processes
  • Public consultation requirements
  • Preparing for effective consultation

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

2:30 Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Stephen Lamming, Ph.D., E.P.

Stephen Lamming, Ph.D., E.P.

Now mostly retired, Stephen was until 2017, a Principal Consultant with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure in the field of air quality management. With more than 40 years of experience in air quality management, his expertise includes emissions assessment, air monitoring, dispersion modelling, and climate change mitigation/adaptation. Dr. Lamming has worked with municipal, industrial, and resource sector clients across Canada and internationally to assess climate impacts, determine emissions, prepare and execute sampling programs, conduct transport and dispersion modelling, assess community impact, develop abatement and monitoring strategies, and prepare permit documentation. He has also been involved in air quality assessment and management studies (including greenhouse gases) as part of the federal and provincial environmental assessment process for thermal power generation facilities, landfill sites, major industry projects and linear infrastructure.

Teresa Meadows, J.D.

Teresa Meadows, Founder, Meadows Law

Teresa recently founded her own environmental & aboriginal law firm, Meadows Law based in St. Albert & brings more than 30 years of experience in the environmental regulatory field to her practice.


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Fee & Credits
  • 1.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 19 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

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