Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Act
In 2009, Ontario introduced the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) in an effort to reduce the use of toxic substances and promote a greener, healthier Ontario. This act makes Ontario the leading province in Canada for toxics reduction legislation and requires thousands of Ontario Manufacturers to prepare certified toxic reduction plans.
What is a certified toxic reduction plan?
Under the TRA regulated facilities are required to track, quantify and report annually on the toxic substances they use and create. A certified toxic reduction plan looks at ways to reduce the use or creation of these substances. Regulated facilities are required to make annual reports and summaries of these plans available to employees and the public.
The act and regulation (O. Reg. 455/09) applies to Ontario facilities in the manufacturing and mineral processing sectors that:
1) Report to Environment Canada for any National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) substance; or
2) Report to the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) under O. Reg. 127/01 for acetone.
Certified Toxic Reduction Plans are due December 31, 2013.
How do I go about getting our facility’s plan certified?
Toxic reduction plans must be certified prior to submission by an MOE licensed toxic substance reduction planner. Licensed planners provide their clients with recommendations to improve plans and certify that it complies with regulations.
BluMetric has a number of licensed planners who can assist you with the preparation and/or certification of your plan. For more information on the TRA or to contact a certified planner in your area, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.