Proposed updates to the Procedures for the Use of Risk Assessment under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection Act

ERO number
019-2546
Notice type
Policy
Act
Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
January 4, 2021 - April 4, 2021 (90 days) Open
Last updated

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Proposal summary

We are proposing updates to the Procedures for the Use of Risk Assessment under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection Act document to align it with latest regulatory requirements and best practices related to brownfields risk assessment. We are seeking feedback on the document so we can improve its overall quality and usefulness.

Why consultation isn't required

Updating guidance document only. The Procedures for the Use of Risk Assessment under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection Act document describes the legislative and regulatory requirements for conducting and submitting risk assessment reports under the Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Regulation 153/04.  This Procedures document also contains plain language guidance for risk assessment practitioners (e.g. consultants, Qualified Persons) on how to conduct risk assessment work and prepare risk assessment reports.

The Procedures document was first released in 2005 and we are proposing to update it to be consistent with latest regulatory amendments and best practices.

The purpose of this proposal is to invite comments on the updated Procedures document, prior to finalizing. The feedback is expected to help improve the usability and quality of the document.

Proposal details

The Procedures for the Use of Risk Assessment under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection Act document:

  • describes the legislative and regulatory requirements for conducting and submitting risk assessment reports under the Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Regulation 153/04
  • contains plain language guidance for risk assessment practitioners (e.g. environmental consultants, qualified persons) on how to conduct risk assessment work and prepare risk assessment reports

Updates to the procedures document

As committed to in our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, we are taking steps to put vacant lands back to good use through the redevelopment and revitalization of brownfields, while maintaining the protection of human health and the environment.

As part of O. Reg. 153/04 proposal, the ministry is updating the Procedures and Guidance document, which hasn’t been updated in 15 years, to provide more guidance for risk assessment practitioners when preparing reports and reduce administrative burdens by:

  • better describing the different types of risk assessments and the conceptual site model
  • providing guidance on the use of the ministry’s approved model for contaminant screening purposes

Other Proposed Guidance

We are also seeking feedback on two other proposed guidance documents related to Brownfields and the Records of Site Condition program:

  1. Records of Site Condition: A Guide on Site Assessment, the Cleanup of Brownfield Sites and the Filing of Records of Site Condition. For more details on this proposal, see ERO Notice 019-2551

  2. Technical Guidance on Soil Vapour Intrusion Assessment. For more details on this proposal, see ERO Notice 019-2557

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Paul Welsh

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Office
Technical Assessment and Standards Development Branch
Address

40 St. Clair Avenue West
7th floor
Toronto, ON
M4V 1M2
Canada

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