Colacem Canada Inc. - Environmental Compliance Approval (air)

Instrument type: Environmental Compliance Approval (air)

ERO number
012-8124
Ministry reference number
8920-AAYNPB
Notice type
Instrument
Act
Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Decision Updated
Decision posted
Comment period
July 15, 2016 - August 29, 2016 (45 days) Closed
Last updated

Update Announcement

This proposal notice has been updated on September 26, 2018 to advise the public that this application is still under active review. The ministry is reviewing the comments it has received to date. The original proposal date and comment period have not been altered.

October 29, 2019

This consultation was open from:
July 15, 2016
to August 29, 2016

Decision summary

We have approved the amendment to Environmental Compliance Approval No. 2369-AAYNTD with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air) for Colacem Canada Inc., a new cement plant located in the Township of Champlain, United Counties of Prescott and Russell. This approval is issued in conjunction with ECA (Sewage Works) #9996-B6YQK.

Location details

Site location details

Lot 217, Concession Parcel M100
Champlain United Counties of Prescott and Russell

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Proponent(s)

Colacem Canada Inc.
2540 Daniel-Johnson boulevard
808
Laval, QC
H7T 2S3
Canada

Decision details

On October 23, 2019 we approved the amendment of Environmental Compliance Approval No. 2369-AAYNTD with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air) which replaces all the current Environmental Compliance Approvals for Air at this facility and includes the addition of new, or historically unapproved, sources for all emissions from Colacem Canada Inc., a cement plant located in the Township of Champlain, United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

The new ECA No. is 1536-B5EKKN.

The application includes all sources at the facility, including:

  • raw material storage/silos
  • raw material preparation
  • clinker production
  • cement grinding and distribution

Emissions to the atmosphere from this facility include calcium oxide, ammonia, ferric oxide and nitrogen oxides.

The Environmental Compliance Approval with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air) requires that the company demonstrate compliance on an ongoing basis with Ontario Regulation 419/05, applicable Ministry Guidelines for Air and Noise and other performance requirements as specified in their conditions.

It permits modifications such as process changes, de-bottlenecking or addition of new equipment subject to limits on operational flexibility that include a production limit for the facility to be specified on the Environmental Compliance Approval with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air). The limited operational flexibility conditions have an expiry date. T

he company will be required to make application for amendment at that time to renew these conditions. Of specific public interest, one condition that will be included on the Environmental Compliance Approval with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air) will require the company to make available, at all times, at the facility for inspection by interested members of the Public, a table (Emission Summary Table) that documents the facility's compliance with Ontario Regulation 419/05.

This application was submitted in conjunction with MECP Reference Number 2369-AAYNTD, for the approval of Industrial Sewage Works. The ECA. This approval is issued in conjunction with ECA (Sewage Works) #9996-B6YQK9.

Comments received

Through the registry

107

By email

0

By mail

6
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Effects of consultation

Comments received were reviewed and, where appropriate, were considered in the our decision whether or not to proceed with this proposal. In this case, comments were consistent with concerns within the ministry and, as a result, terms and conditions were added in the Environmental Compliance Approval. These conditions do not represent all conditions imposed on the instrument holder, but rather those that are directly in line with comments received.

One hundred and seven (107) comments were received during the commenting period. Six (6) written comments were also directed to the ministry after the commenting period ended.

The applicant has demonstrated that when operated in accordance with this Environmental Compliance Approval, the air and noise emissions from the approved equipment would be in compliance with this Ministry’s applicable acts, regulations and guidelines, specifically, s.9 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), O.Reg. 419/05: Air Pollution: Local Air Quality, including Ministry air quality standards and noise guidelines.

The commenters have raised the following concerns on the proposal:

Concern

Concerns about greenhouse gases, carcinogen chemicals, mercury, heavy metals, and dioxin and furans from the kiln stack.

Response

The company has demonstrated that the Facility meets the Ministry's applicable air requirements and standards. The standards set under the O.Reg. 419/05 are found on scientifically defensible rationales based on human health or environmental effects or nuisance effects. To ensure compliance with Ministry’s requirements, the Approval includes the following terms and conditions:

  • A source testing program to confirm the estimated emissions from the kiln, to ensure compliance with O.Reg. 419/05
  • Continuous monitoring of NOx and SO2 concentration at the kiln stack
  • Collection of material analysis of fuel and raw materials to ensure optimal production condition
  • Develop start-up, shut down and upset procedures to ensure optimal production condition
  • Develop and implement detailed complaint response procedure for recording, investigating and adequately addressing complaints

Concern

Concerns about fugitive dust with diameter less than 10 microns.

Response

The company completed an additional assessment of fugitive dust with diameter less than 10 microns such as PM10 and PM2.5 and the results were below the Ontario’s Ambient Air Quality Criteria (AAQC) screening levels. AAQCs are desirable concentrations of contaminants in air and are used to assess general air quality resulting from all sources of contaminants in air. The approval requires the company to update and implement a fugitive dust management plan to control fugitive dust emissions. Also, the company is required to monitor the performance and establish operational requirements for all dust control equipment onsite.

Concern

This cement plant would be the third heavy industry within a 5 kilometers radius, IVACO Steel Mill and the L’Orignal Quarry, owned by Colacem. The cumulative effects of the cement plant and those of the other industries in the vicinity should be considered.

Response

The company has conducted cumulative effect study including the neighboring quarry and the steel mill. The predicted cumulative concentrations of common contaminants of concern show results that are below the AAQC levels.

Concern

Concern regarding the volume of the discharge and potential off-site flooding. Risk of off-site impacts on the receiving drain and Ottawa river

Response

Concerns regarding impacts from their industrial sewage works were reviewed and, where appropriate, considered in Sewage Work ECA Application Reference No. 2369-AAYNTD.

Concern

Concerns about noise from 80 to 100 heavy trucks per hour, blasting, smelter, outside machinery and junk movement.

Response

The company has demonstrated that the facility is compliant with the ministry’s applicable noise requirements. The on-site truck activities and all other noise sources have been included in the assessment. There are no blasting or smelter activities on site. Cumulative noise assessment has also been conducted with the adjacent quarry. The approval requires the company to comply with the Ministry Publication NPC-300 at all times

Concern

Concerns about re-zoning, agriculture degradation, tourism and overall social and economic development.

Response

The comments received were reviewed and found to have no direct impact on the ministry’s decision.

Supporting materials

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Environmental Approvals Access and Service Integration Branch
Address

135 St. Clair Avenue West
Floor 1
Toronto, ON
M4V 1P5
Canada

Office phone number
Cornwall Area Office
Address

113 Amelia Street
Cornwall, ON
K6H 3P1
Canada

Office phone number

Appeal

This instrument decision can be appealed. You have 15 days from October 29, 2019 to begin the appeal process.

Carefully review the information below to learn more about the appeal process.

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If you’re an Ontario resident, you can start the process to appeal this instrument decision.

First, you’ll need to seek leave (i.e. get permission) from the relevant appellate body to appeal the decision.

If the appellate body grants leave, the appeal itself will follow.

Seek leave to appeal

To seek leave to appeal, you need to do these three things:

  1. prepare your application
  2. provide notice to the minister
  3. mail your application to three parties

1. Prepare your application

You’ll need to prepare an application. You may wish to include the following things in your application:

  1. A document that includes:
    • your name, phone number, fax number (if any), and/or email address
    • the ERO number and ministry reference number (located on this page)
    • a statement about whether you are a resident in Ontario
    • your interest in the decision, and any facts you want taken into account in deciding whether you have an interest in the decision
    • the parts of the instrument that you’re challenging
    • whether the decision could result in significant harm to the environment
    • the reason(s) why you believe that no reasonable person – having regard to the relevant law and to any government policies developed to guide decisions of that kind – could have made the decision
    • the grounds (facts) you’ll be using to appeal
    • the outcome you’d like to see
  2. A copy of the instrument (approval, permit, order) that you you are seeking leave to appeal. You’ll find this in the decision notice on the Environmental Registry
  3. Copies of all supporting documents, facts and evidence that you’ll be using to appeal
What is considered

The appeal body will consider the following two questions in deciding whether to grant you leave to appeal:

  1. is there is good reason to believe that no reasonable person, with respect to the relevant law and to any government policies developed to guide decisions of that kind, could have made the decision?
  2. could the decision you wish to appeal result in significant harm to the environment?

2. Provide your notice

You’ll need to provide notice to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks that you’re seeking leave to appeal.

In your notice, please include a brief description of the:

  • decision that you wish to appeal
  • grounds for granting leave to appeal

You can provide notice by email at minister.mecp@ontario.ca or by mail at:

College Park 5th Floor, 777 Bay St.
Toronto, ON 
M7A 2J3

3. Mail your application

You’ll need to mail your application that you prepared in step #1 to each of these three parties:

  • appellate body
  • issuing authority (the ministry official who issued the instrument)
  • proponent (the company or individual to whom the instrument was issued)

Issuing authority
Christina Labarge
Manager

Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West
3rd Floor
Toronto, ON
M4V 1P5
Canada

(416)314-7009

Proponent

Colacem Canada Inc.
2540 Daniel-Johnson boulevard
808
Laval, QC
H7T 2S3
Canada


Appellate body

Environmental Review Tribunal
Attention: The Secretary
655 Bay Street
Floor 15
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1E5
(416) 212-6349
(866) 448-2248

About the Environmental Review Tribunal


Include the following:

ERO number
012-8124
Ministry reference number
8920-AAYNPB

This is not legal advice. Please refer to the Environmental Bill of Rights for exact legal requirements. Consult a lawyer if you need help with the appeal process.

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Original proposal

ERO number
012-8124
Ministry reference number
8920-AAYNPB
Notice type
Instrument
Act
Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Proposal posted

Comment period

July 15, 2016 - August 29, 2016 (45 days)

Proposal details

Description of instrument

This proposal is for an Environmental Compliance Approval with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air) which replaces all the current Environmental Compliance Approvals for Air at this facility and will include the addition of new or historically unapproved sources for all emissions from Colacem Canada Inc., a cement plant located in the Township of Champlain, United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

The application includes all sources at the facility, including raw material storage/silos, raw material preparation, clinker production, cement grinding and distribution.

Emissions from this facility include calcium oxide, ammonia, ferric oxide and nitrogen oxides.

The Environmental Compliance Approval with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air) requires that the company demonstrate compliance on an ongoing basis with Ontario Regulation 419/05, applicable Ministry Guidelines for Air and Noise and other performance requirements as specified in their conditions. It permits modifications such as process changes, de-bottlenecking or addition of new equipment subject to limits on operational flexibility that include a production limit for the facility to be specified on the Environmental Compliance Approval with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air). The limited operational flexibility conditions have an expiry date. The company will be required to make application for amendment at that time to renew these conditions.

Of specific public interest, one condition that will be included on the Environmental Compliance Approval with Limited Operational Flexibility (Air) will require the company to make available, at all times, at the facility for inspection by interested members of the Public, a table (Emission Summary Table) that documents the facility's compliance with Ontario Regulation 419/05.

This application is submitted in conjunction with MOECC Reference Number 2369-AAYNTD, for the approval of Industrial Sewage Works.

Supporting materials

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Important notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, viewing supporting materials in person is not available at this time.

Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

Environmental Approvals Access and Service Integration Branch
Address

135 St. Clair Avenue West
Floor 1
Toronto, ON
M4V 1P5
Canada

Office phone number

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from July 15, 2016
to August 29, 2016

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