Understanding Environmental Regulations

Regina, Saskatchewan /
Oct 16 - 18, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-1019-2370

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

  • Update your knowledge and skills in contracting, data management and reporting, inspections and investigations, negotiating approvals and environmental management
  • Gain an understanding of the legislation and applicable environmental codes that directly impact solid waste, industrial effluents and air emissions
  • Review practical approaches for environmental compliance as applicable to contaminated site and decommissioning projects, hazardous materials, storage tanks and spills
  • Learn to develop environmental protection plans and manage environmental issues carrying substantial liabilities
  • Understand the roles and obligations of various types of environmental professionals
  • Interact with instructors, practicing professionals from industry, consultants, and regulatory personnel who have extensive industrial experience

Saskatchewan has transitioned from the traditional environmental “command and control” compliance philosophy to a more outcome/results-based environmental code system, which makes Saskatchewan unique in Canada. Understanding how this shift affects the roles and responsibilities of regulated industries, consultants and regulators is central to meeting compliance obligations.  This course will increase your understanding of environmental compliance issues in the Province, including applicable Federal requirements. 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:

  • The legal system
  • Environmental assessment
  • Provincial regulation and the Environment Code
  • Regulating and managing water quality
  • Industrial development and environmental protection planning
  • Air quality and greenhouse gases
  • Waste management
  • Property transfer and contaminated sites
  • Spill reporting and management
  • Investigations and enforcement
  • Liability and legal defense
  • Public and aboriginal consulting

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

Special Features:
This course is designed specifically to enhance your knowledge and develop your skills in areas of everyday concern to you. Industrial environmental professionals with limited previous knowledge will become knowledgeable about environmental regulations, while more experienced professionals will benefit from the reference materials and the updates of the regulations.

Both will receive a comprehensive overview of the federal and provincial environmental regulations and how they affect industrial processes and projects. 

Please Note:
4:30 Adjournment (Day I & 2) 3:00 pm Day 3

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Please Note:
4:30 Adjournment (Day I & 2) 3:00 pm Day 3

Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and Coffee (Day 1 only)
8:30 Seminar begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment (Day I & 2) 3:00 pm Day 3

There is a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshments and networking break each morning and afternoon. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Part I:  Project Assessment and Approvals

Introduction: The Legal System

  • Constitutional law, division of powers for environmental matters
  • Laws, regulations, codes, and guidelines
  • Federal and provincial approaches
  • Standards development

Environmental Assessment – Federal/Provincial

  • Introduction to Environmental Assessment
  • The Canadian environmental assessment process
  • The Provincial environmental assessment act
  • Key definitions and project triggers

Industrial Approvals

  • The provincial process
  • The Environment Code
  • Applications to projects
  • The relationship between environmental assessment and project approval processes
  • Environmental protection planning
  • Required studies and information
  • Case studies

Part II:  Federal and Provincial Regulation of Air, Water, Waste, and Soil

Regulation of Air Quality

  • Air quality regulation
  • The air quality management system (AQMS) and implications
  • The Multi-sector Air Pollutant Regulation
  • Provincial air quality regulation
  • Code requirements

Air Quality: Technical Issues

  • Industrial sources
  • Impact, risk assessment, and cumulative effects
  • Planning for abatement
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Case studies

Day II 

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

Regulating Water

  • Introduction
  • Water resources and water quality management

Federal Regulation on Water Quality

  • The Fisheries Act
  • What is fish habitat, project review, information requirements, mitigation and compensation
  • Implications of potential changes to the Fisheries Act
  • Application to metal mines

Provincial Water Quality Regulation

  • Applicable provincial legislation - code requirements
  • Sewer by-laws
  • Water and wastewater
  • Pollution prevention
  • Management strategies

Technical Issues: Water and Waste Water

  • Treatment strategies
  • Characterization and limits
  • Mine effluent
  • Monitoring

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


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

Case Study: Spills

Enforcement: Inspection and Investigation

  • 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

Liability and Legal Defence

Due Diligence

  • Prosecutions
  • Civil liability/compensation
  • Legal perspective on managing your liability
  • Duty to cooperate with orders
  • Due diligence related to the company, directors, officers, employees and agents

Case Study: Prosecution

Day III  

Chemicals Management

  • The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
  • Regulation of toxic substances, export and import
  • Chemicals management
  • Reporting requirements under the NPRI

Contaminated Sites and Asset Transfer

  • Applicable legislation
  • Update on contaminated property and industrial sites
  • Soil quality guidelines (CCME and Provincial)
  • Generic vs. site-specific remediation criteria
  • Code requirements
  • Issues in assessment and remediation
  • Case study

Regulation of Waste and Hazardous Waste

  • Definitions of hazardous waste (provincial and extra-provincial)
  • Provincial general waste management requirements
  • Managing categories of special wastes
  • Status of provincial waste reduction and waste diversion programs

Part IV:  Developing Areas: Climate Change, Indigenous Consultation 

Climate Change Risk

  • Managing climate risk: mitigation and adaptation
  • GHG standards and protocols: ISO 14064/5
  • Managing GHG reduction
  • Adaptation and infrastructure
  • Vulnerability assessment


  • The duty to consult and accommodate
    • Understanding and addressing indigenous issues
    • Consultation requirements for proponents
  • Understanding the role of the public in regulatory processes

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


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

Now mostly retired, Stephen was until 2017, a Principal Consultant with the Wood Group (formerly 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 in the areas of oil & gas, mining, thermal power, major industry projects and forest products. He is a Director of the AWMA Ontario Section, a member of ISO technical committees, and continues to keep abreast of the latest trends in air quality management and control.

Teresa Meadows, J.D.

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.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza
2125 Victoria Avenue
Regina SK  S4P 0S3

DoubleTree by Hilton Regina
1975 Broad St
Regina SK  S4P 1Y2

Double Tree by Hilton Regina
1975 Broad St,
Regina SK  S4P 1Y2

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Regina East Gate
3830 East Gate Drive
Regina SK  S4Z 1A5

Please confirm with EPIC that the venue has been officially confirmed before making any reservations or travel arrangements.


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Fee & Credits
Early Registration Fee:

$1995 + taxes

Fee after September 6, 2019:

$2295 + taxes

  • 1.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 19 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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