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March 16, 2018

Cumulative Effects Assessment: Ontario forges new policy to protect local air quality

On February 7, 2018, the comment period closed for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s (MOECC’s) proposed policy for cumulative effects assessments (CEA) in air approvals.  The long anticipated policy addresses excessive levels of two carcinogenic air contaminants, benzene and benzo[a]pyrene, in select areas of Sarnia and Hamilton.  The policy describes how to consider multiple sources of industrial and non-industrial air pollution in issuing air approvals under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), s. 9.

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