Understanding Environmental Regulations

Richmond, British Columbia /
Feb 17 - 19, 2021 /
Course Code: 11-0219-2386

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

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 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
  • Interact with instructors, practicing professionals from industry, consultants, and regulatory personnel who have extensive industrial experience

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:

  • The legal system
  • Environmental assessment
  • Regulating and managing water quality
  • Chemicals management
  • Air quality, regulatory reporting 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. 

More Information


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

  • Introduction to Environmental Assessment
  • The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and amendments
  • CEAA and the NEB
  • Key definitions

Environmental Assessment Provincial Requirements

  • The Provincial EA Process
  • Applications to projects
  • The relationship between environmental assessment and project approval processes
  • Required studies and information
  • Case studies


  • The duty to consult and accommodate
    • Understanding and addressing aboriginal issues,
    • Consultation requirements for proponents
  • Understanding the role of the public in regulatory processes
    • Preparing for effective consultation           

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
  • Provincial regulation
  • The permit process

Municipal aspects of air quality regulation

  • Permitting in the Metro Vancouver area

Air Quality: Technical Issues

  • Industrial sources
  • Impact, risk assessment, and cumulative effects
  • Working with models
  • 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
  • The Metal Mining Effluent Regulations
  • Environmental Code of Practice for Metal Mines

Provincial Water Quality Regulation

  • Applicable provincial legislation - the Water Sustainability Act
  • 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
  • Requirements for site assessment Liabilities and opportunities
  • Requirements for 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 (rechargeable batteries, pesticide containers, 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

Part IV:  Developing Areas: Climate Change, Corporate  Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities and Voluntary Initiatives 

Climate Change Risk

  • 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

Corporate Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities

  • Canadian securities reporting and environmental disclosure obligations
  • US securities reporting and environmental disclosure obligations
  • Institutional and individual investor demands
  • How do these disclosure obligations affect frontline staff

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Sarah Hansen, LL.M.

Sarah Hansen is a Partner in the Litigation group in the Vancouver office of Miller Thomson LLP. She has experience and expertise in environmental and aboriginal law, including contaminated site litigation.

Sarah has practice experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters relating to environmental matters and focusing on regulatory and administrative law, extra-provincial regulatory regimes, industry standards, sustainable energy practices, climate change, and environmental compliance issues. She also has experience in aboriginal law and practice including consultation with First Nations, consultation protocols, and various issues concerning consultation and accommodation with First Nations in relation to energy projects and rights and title claims.< She has represented clients in litigation and environmental defence matters under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the British Columbia Contaminated Sites Regulation, and the Federal Fisheries Act including working with municipalities, government and First Nations.

She has worked on complex regulatory matters including: a mine expansion project; environmental assessments and First Nations consultation; the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Project before the National Energy Board; and an electricity project before the British Columbia Utilities Commission. She is an executive member of the CBA National Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section (NEERLS). Sarah is called to the bar in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.

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.


To be announced

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

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport
7311 Westminster Hwy
Richmond BC  V6X 1A3

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Pacific Reach Hotel OP (Richmond LP)
8181 Cambie Road
Richmond Vancouver BC  V6X 3X9

Hilton Vancouver Airport
5911 Minoru Blvd
Richmond BC  V6X 4C7

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$1995 + taxes

Fee after January 8, 2021:

$2295 + taxes

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

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