Understanding Environmental Regulations

Mississauga, Ontario /
Nov 13 - 15, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-1127-2369

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

  • Update your knowledge and skills in contracting, integrating health and safety, data management and reporting, inspections and investigations, negotiating approvals and environmental management
  • Review and discuss the latest changes to environmental legislation and how they may impact projects or facilities
  • Gain an understanding of the legislation that directly impacts 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 manage environmental issues carrying substantial liabilities which are subject to regulations of mixed jurisdictions as well as regulatory requirements that are uncertain or confusing
  • Benefit from the opportunity to share your specific situation and problems with other participants and specialists

The environmental 'command and control' compliance philosophy continues to dominate the government policy agenda and legislative changes continue to reflect current standards and recent court decisions. The only way to avoid liability for non-compliance is to thoroughly understand regulatory requirements.

This course enhances your knowledge and skills by increasing your understanding of current environmental compliance issues in a variety of jurisdictions, with environmental management systems, liability and the interrelationships among federal, provincial, and municipal agencies. Emphasis is on the application of regulations in the various areas -ECA and EASR.

Course Outline:

  • The Canadian Environmental Protection Act
  • Issues in Environmental Assessment
  • Water Regulation and Source Management
  • Public and Aboriginal Consultation
  • Standards Development
  • Toxics Reduction
  • Licenses and Approvals -ECA and EASR
  • Spills
  • Liability and Legal Defence
  • Property Transfer and Contaminated Sites
  • Dealing with Wastes
  • Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change

Who Should Attend
Environmental Managers Coordinators Engineers and Scientists Personnel from Environmental as well as from Health and Safety and Environmental Departments Corporate/Project Managers Directors and Officers Facility managers Plant Superintendents In-house Counsel Consultants Regulatory 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
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 and Introduction

Session I: Regulatory Update


  • Seminar overview and objectives
  • Current issues

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act

  • CEPA and its impacts
  • Regulation of toxic substances, export and import
  • Chemicals Management
  • Dealing with toxics
  • Reporting requirements - NPRI
  • The air quality management system (AQMS)
  • The Multi Sector Air Pollution Regulation and its implications

Issues in Environmental Assessment

  • The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 and its impacts
  • Proposed changes
  • Assessment triggers
  • Inclusions/Exclusions
  • Agreements (Federal/Provincial/Aboriginal)
  • The Provincial EA Process
  • Applications to projects
  • Required information
  • Problems and pitfalls

Case Study

Water Federal

  • Protection of water resources and fish habitat
  • The Fisheries Act and changes
  • HADD and Serious Harm
  • What is fish habitat, project review, information requirements, mitigation and compensation
  • Implications of changes
  • Case Study

Water Provincial/Municipal

  • Applicable provincial legislation
  • Water Resources Act,
  • Drinking water and waste water legislation
  • Sewer by-laws
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Pollution prevention

Public and Aboriginal Consultation

  • The consultation process CEAA 2012 and Provincial Issues
  • First Nations issues requirement to consult and accommodate
  • Consultation plans
  • Handling public meetings


Day II

Air Standards Development

  • Air toxics in Ontario
  • The risk assessment process and standards development
  • Toxics reporting and reduction
  • Planning for approval

Licenses and Approvals - ECA and EASR

  • O.Reg 419 and the Licensing and Approvals process
  • ECA and EASR
  • Submission of applications case study
  • Documentation required
  • Risk assessment and modelling
  • Cumulative effects
  • Planning for abatement
  • Technical and alternate standards
  • Permit conditions
  • Case study review

Odour and dust management

  • Odour issues
  • Measurement and management
  • Fugitive dust concerns
  • Dust suppression and management

Noise Assessment

  • Noise criteria
  • Primary and secondary screening
  • NPC 300 and implications
  • The noise assessment report


  • Applicable Provincial and Federal legislation
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Emergency response planning
  • Assessing the problem
  • Response and reporting requirements

Enforcement: Inspection and Investigation

  • Steps that management may follow when faced with an inspection
  • When does an inspection become an investigation?
  • 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, right to remain silent, right

Liability and Legal Defence

  • Due Diligence
  • Prosecutions, Administrative Monetary Penalties
  • Civil liability and defences
  • Limitation periods
  • Legal perspective managing your liability
  • Duty to cooperate with orders
  • Due diligence related to the company, directors, officers, employees and agents

Case Study



Property Transfer and Contaminated Sites

  • Brownfields legislation and development
  • Requirements for site assessment
  • Applicable Site Condition Standards
  • Update on contaminated property
  • Liabilities and opportunities
  • Requirements for remediation
  • Records of site condition
  • Problems and pitfalls

Dealing with Wastes

  • Provincial regulation of wastes
  • Transport and storage
  • Landfills
  • Hazardous wastes
  • EFW
  • Requirements for waste audit and reduction

Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change

  • Climate risk - current status
  • Legislative approaches federal and provincial
  • Project risk - GHG quantification
  • Validation and verification
  • Ontario Reporting requirements O.Reg. 452
  • Managing GHG Reduction programs
  • Cap and trade, offsets and carbon taxes
  • Corporate risk
  • Adaptation, vulnerability and community risk

Program Summary

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


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

Stephen Lamming PhD, EP.

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.


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Fee & Credits
Early Registration Fee:

$1995 + taxes

Fee after October 4, 2019:

$2295 + taxes

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

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