Understanding Environmental Regulations

Halifax, Nova Scotia /
Jun 3 - 5, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-0428-2363

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

  • 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 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 be reflected in environmental legislation and regulation and legislative changes continue to reflect current standards and recent court decisions. The only way to avoid liability for non-compliance is to exercise due diligence based upon a thorough understanding of regulatory requirements. This course enhances your knowledge and skills by increasing your understanding of current environmental compliance issues. It deals with the current regulatory environment in a variety of jurisdictions, environmental management systems, liability and the interrelationships among federal, provincial, and municipal agencies.

The regulations are described and references for information provided. Emphasis is then on the application of regulations in the various areas of concern.

Course Outline:

  • The legal system
  • Toxic substance and chemicals management
  • Regulating Water
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Licenses and Approvals
  • Air Quality
  • Nuisance
  • Enforcement: Inspection and Investigation
  • Liability and Legal Defence
  • Spills
  • Property Transfer and Contaminated Sites
  • Dealing with Wastes
  • Greenhouse Gases and Climate Risk

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

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

More Information


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

Program Outline
Chairperson: Stephen Lamming, PhD, EP. 

Day I

8:00 Registration and Coffee

8:20 Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes

Session I: Regulatory Update

8:30 Overview
Stephen Lamming

  • Introduction
  • The legal “system”
  • Legislative development
  • Federal and Provincial legislation
  • Risk assessment and the standards process

9:15 CEPA
Stephen Lamming

  • CEPA – changes and implications
  • Regulation of toxic substances
  • Chemicals management

10:00 Refreshments and Networking

10:15 Water Regulation
Stephen Lamming

  • Source water protection
  • Navigable waters and fish habitat
  • The Fisheries Act and potential changes
  • Fish habitat and project triggers
  • Serious harm and HADD
  • Applicable provincial legislation
  • Water withdrawal
  • Drinking water
  • Waste water legislation
  • Sewer by-laws

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Species Protection
Stephen Lamming

  • Endangered species
  • Migratory birds

1:30 Environmental Assessment
Stephen Lamming

  • The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 and its impacts
  • Changes 2018
  • Federal works, undertakings, and lands
  • Assessment triggers
  • Inclusions/Exclusions
  • Agreements (Federal/Provincial/Aboriginal)
  • The Provincial EA Process
  • Applications to projects
  • Technical requirements – studies and information

2:30 Refreshments and Networking

2:45 Case Study Related to Environmental Assessment
Stephen Lamming

3:15 Consultation
Robert G. Grant, Q.C, Stewart McKelvey & Sara Nicholson

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

4:30 Adjournment

Day II

8:30 Nuisance Impacts
Stephen Lamming

  • Noise and vibration
  • Odour
  • Fugitive dust

10:15 Refreshments and Networking

10:30 Air Quality
Stephen Lamming

  • Introduction
  • Ambient air quality
  • The Federal AQMS
  • Air quality impacts and projects
  • Technical documentation required
  • Risk assessment and modelling
  • Criteria considered when granting approval
  • Case study

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Projects and the Environment Act
Robert G. Grant & Sara Nicholson

  • Overview of provincial regulatory scheme
  • The Environment Act
  • The Licensing and Approvals process
  • Submission of applications
  • Risk assessment
  • Criteria considered when granting approval
  • Conditions imposed
  • Appeals respecting approvals, conditions or refusal

1:30 Enforcement: Inspection and Investigation
Robert G. Grant & Sara Nicholson

  • 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

3:00 Liability and Legal Defence
Robert G. Grant & Sara Nicholson

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

4:30 Adjournment

Instructor: Stephen Lamming

8:30 Spills

  • Hazard assessment
  • Emergency response planning
  • Reporting requirements
  • Response activities
  • Clean up
  • Case study

10:15 Refreshments and Networking

10:30 Dealing with Wastes

  • Provincial regulation of wastes
  • Transport and storage
  • Landfills
  • Hazardous wastes
  • Special wastes
  • Waste audit, diversion and reduction

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Property Transfer and Contaminated Sites

  • Applicable legislation
  • Update on contaminated property
  • Liabilities and opportunities
  • Requirements for remediation
  • Brownfield development
  • Sign-off
  • Problems and pitfalls –case study

2:15 Refreshments and Networking

2:30 Greenhouse Gases and Climate Risk

  • Current status and new directions
  • Adaptation, vulnerability and risk
  • Legislative approaches – federal and provincial
  • Reporting requirements – corporate disclosure
  • Managing GHG Reduction programs
  • Policy implications to industry

3:30 Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Robert G. Grant, Q,C.

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
  • 1.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 19 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
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$1895 + taxes

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$1995 + taxes


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