The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) wants to remind facilities regulated under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 that changes have been made to the online system that may affect plan summaries due December 31, 2013.
In an effort to reduce toxic substances and move to safer alternatives, regulated facilities must track, quantify and report annually on the toxic substances used in their operations, as required under O. Reg. 455/09.
Canada's new Single Window reporting system (formerly known as the One Window to National Environmental Reporting System – OWNERS) has recently undergone module changes that may affect operators who created toxic plan summaries between March and October 2013.
If facilities are currently working on a 2012 plan summary, the MOE is asking operators to refresh the substance page of the summary. This action will remove any unwanted 2011 substances that may have populated the 2012 list during the maintenance.
The toxic plan summaries are designed to allow the public and employees of regulated facilities to have convenient access to the list of toxic substances used. It tracks toxic substances used, created, released, disposed or transferred and contained in products.
“The plans can also help businesses identify operational efficiencies, costs savings and other opportunities to improve their competitive advantage in markets that are moving increasingly towards a greener economy,” states the MOE in its description of Ontario's Toxics Reduction Strategy.
The MOE included 47 substances in the Phase 1 regulatory requirements for 2010. These Phase 1 toxic substances are listed in Table A of the regulation.
Phase 2 includes all of the substances on the National Pollutant Release Inventory list that came into effect January 1, 2012. Facilities that use these substances will be reporting and planning for these in 2013.
Should you have questions on how to submit a plan summary, please contact the MOE atToxicsReporting@ontario.ca or 1-855-815-6400.
Click here for a walkthrough guide on how to use the Single Window reporting system for the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009.