New regulation under the Environmental Protection Act to close the White Pines Wind Project

ERO number
Notice type
Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Transferred to
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Proposal posted
Comment period
October 17, 2018 - December 1, 2018 (45 days) Closed

This consultation was open from:

October 17, 2018
to December 1, 2018

Proposal summary

We are proposing a regulation to ensure the White Pines Wind Project is closed down in a manner that is protective of human health, safety and the environment.

Proposal details

Description of Regulation

The proposed regulation would require wpd White Pines Wind Incorporated (WPD) to do a number of activities to close the facility, including:

  • dismantle and/or remove equipment safely and securely
  • restore lands impacted by the project
  • take precautions to avoid impacts on the Blanding’s turtle.

Further details are set out in the draft regulation and draft technical closure document.

Purpose of Regulation

The White Pines Wind Project is an 18.5 megawatt (MW) wind project that had been under construction in Prince Edward County near Belleville.

On July 25, 2018, the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act, 2018 came into force.

This act:

  • terminated the Feed-in-Tariff contract for the White Pines Wind Project
  • revoked the renewable energy approval issued by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

The renewable energy approval included requirements for closing the facility, including restoring lands affected by the project. The proposed regulation will require the closure of the facility in the absence of a renewable energy approval.

The site poses no immediate risk to human health or the environment.

Regulatory Impact Statement

There are no anticipated administrative costs to small business that will occur as a result of the proposed regulation. This regulation will impose costs on the company for the closure. The company may be eligible for compensation for these costs.

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Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from October 17, 2018
to December 1, 2018

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