CIAC recently submitted recommendations in response to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change's Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) posting relating to air emissions of sulphur dioxide and transitional operating conditions. CIAC's comments support the Ministry's effort to modernize the Ambient Air Quality Criteria (AAQC)and Air Standards for SO2 and provide more clarification on requirements for assessing operating conditions in O. Reg. 419/05.
In its submission, CIAC notes that current SO2 standards are 40 years old and their update could greatly assist in creating an even cleaner environment. CIAC pointed out that because of the Responsible Care® ethic, Ontario members have already made significant progress since 2004 in reducing their SO2 emissions by 84 per cent.
CIAC believes the ministry can proceed in a manner which achieves health and environment objectives and supports the ability and need to attract new investments and promote local cluster development. CIAC member-companies in Ontario continue to be willing partners committed to working with local community stakeholders in achieving improved environmental outcomes on all fronts.