A Graduated Approach to Closure Planning – Regulation Name Change

ERO number
019-4448
Notice type
Regulation
Posted by
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
October 7, 2021 - November 21, 2021 (45 days) Closed
Last updated

There is no requirement to post this notice on the Environmental Registry of Ontario, but we wanted to hear your thoughts. Thank you for your feedback.

This consultation was open from:
October 7, 2021
to November 21, 2021

Decision summary

A decision was made to change the name of O. Reg. 240/00 (previously Mine Development and Closure Under Part VII of the Act) to include a reference to advanced exploration. The new name of the regulation is Advanced Exploration, Mine Development and Closure Under Part VII of the Act.

Decision details

Part VII of the Mining Act and O. Reg. 240/00 provide Ontario’s framework for the rehabilitation of mining lands, including the requirement for advanced exploration and mine production closure plans and associated financial assurance.

Amending O. Reg. 240/00 to include a reference to advanced exploration better reflects the graduated approach to advanced exploration and mine production closure planning.

The new name of the regulation is Advanced Exploration, Mine Development and Closure Under Part VII of the Act.

 

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Effects of consultation

Only one minor but supportive comment was received, therefore no changes were made to the proposal as a result of consultation.

 

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ERO number
019-4448
Notice type
Regulation
Posted by
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
Proposal posted

Comment period

October 7, 2021 - November 21, 2021 (45 days)

Why consultation isn't required

Under the Environmental Bill of Rights, this proposal does not require consultation as there are no anticipated potentially significant environmental impacts with the proposed amendment. However, given the environmental significance of the Mining Act, the ministry is voluntarily posting this notice for comment.

Proposal details

Part VII of the Mining Act and O. Reg. 240/00 provide Ontario’s framework for the rehabilitation of mining lands, including the requirement for advanced exploration and mine production closure plans and associated financial assurance.

The proposal to amend the name of O. Reg. 240/00 would include a reference to advanced exploration closure plans and, reflect the graduated approach to advanced exploration and mine production closure planning.

Stakeholders expressed concerns that closure plan regulations do not address different scales of operations and that this causes confusion and burden for the mining industry. This name change would support ongoing work to develop guidance documents and to pursue further regulatory amendments that strengthen a graduated approach to closure planning.

This change to the name of the regulation has no regulatory impact and no relationship to compliance costs. The Ministry considers the proposed name to be more descriptive.  There are no costs to businesses.   

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from October 7, 2021
to November 21, 2021

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