RPRA Changes, “No” to Certain COP 27 Language, and CAIP Update

Posted by on Nov 29, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

Below we look at some recent updates that may be important for the regulated community, both short- and long-term.  We also provide an update on a program that affects the citizens of Canada.

Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA)

A November 15, 2022, news release from RPRA announced that generators, carriers, and receivers of hazardous and liquid industrial waste can now set up their registry accounts so they are ready to meet their reporting requirements and begin manifesting on January 1, 2023.

The announcement goes on to say that as of January 1, 2023, the regulated community will be required to report hazardous waste management activities and pay fees through the new digital Hazardous Waste Program (HWP) Registry built and operated by RPRA. This will replace the use of paper manifests and the Hazardous Waste Information Network (HWIN) system currently operated by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

This applies to anyone in Ontario that is subject to Ontario’s Hazardous Waste Program.

See the RPRA news release.

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A November 15, 2022, news release from RPRA announced that generators, carriers, and receivers of hazardous and liquid industrial waste can now set up their registry accounts so they are ready to meet their reporting requirements and begin manifesting on January 1, 2023. (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay).

Conference of the Parties 27 (COP)

At the 27th Annual Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting, Canada’s Environment Minister, Steven Guilbeault, said that Canada would not agree to language that calls for the phase out of all fossil fuels.

Mr. Guilbeault, who faced criticism over the position, said, “Everything we do is challenged in the court.  (Carbon) pricing was challenged, our plastic pollution regulations were challenged, our environmental impact assessment is being challenged — either by provinces or companies, or both.  And if we’re not on very solid legal ground, we will lose in front of the tribunals and that doesn’t help anyone.”

“We have to be super careful in terms of what we do … that what we do will hold in court,” he said.  “Otherwise we’re wasting time, and precious time, to fight climate change.”

We have previously written about the challenges of to the plastic ban and the challenges to the Impact Assessment Act.

Dissenting Views of GHG Reduction Plans

As noted by Mr. Guilbeault, not everyone is on board with the aggressive efforts to curb greenhouse gases (GHGs).  In a recent article, Olivier Rancourt, an Economist at the Montreal Economic Institute, sounded alarms regarding some policies aimed at reducing GHGs. In his article, he stated that efforts to reduce GHGs from oil and gas will stifle efficiencies in the oil and gas sector.  Mr. Rancourt states that “Producing one barrel of oil from Canadian oilsands emits one-third less greenhouse gas than it did in 1990.”  He also states that the forced reductions will cost the Canadian economy $44.8 billion.  See “Ottawa’s anti-oil ideology will hit the economy hard.”

Update on Climate Action Incentive Payments

One final news update is an update for residents of Canada.

The Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP) is tax-free money paid to help individuals and families offset the cost of the “federal pollution pricing.”  The polluting substance in this instance is carbon dioxide, which originates from anthropogenic sources as well as from nature (oceans, decomposition, volcanoes, etc…).  The focus of the program is the taxed anthropogenic sources (fuel) of carbon dioxide in Canada.

Previously, to be eligible, you had be a resident of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or Ontario on the first day of the payment month and the last day of the previous month.

However, the Government of Canada announced the following changes.

  • The federal fuel charge will continue to apply in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, and Yukon.
  • The federal fuel charge will expand to Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island beginning July 1, 2023, when Canadians in these provinces will receive their first quarterly Climate Action Incentive payment.
  • British Columbia, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, and Quebec will continue to implement their own pollution pricing systems.

According to the news release, “In 2023, that will mean direct, quarterly CAI payments for a family of four will increase to: $386 in Alberta; $264 in Manitoba; $244 in Ontario; and $340 in Saskatchewan.  For new recipients of CAI payments, quarterly rebates for a family of four will start at: $328 in Newfoundland and Labrador; $248 in Nova Scotia; and $240 in Prince Edward Island.”

Read more about the Climate Action Incentive Payment.

We will continue to report on these and other environmental issues that may affect the regulated community in our blogs and newsletters.

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This blog was drafted by Alan Hahn.  Alan has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and completed a graduate program in Environmental Management.  He has worked in environmental management for 45 years.  He has written hundreds of blogs and articles.  His published work includes HazMat Magazine, BizX Magazine, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, GreenStone Partners, Manure Manager Magazine, and Progressive Dairy.

This blog was reviewed by Christopher Paré, P.Geo.  Chris is a senior geoscientist and manager of Dragun’s Windsor, Ontario, office. Chris has more than 30 years of experience on projects ranging from environmental site assessments (Phase One/Two ESA), remedial investigations, soil and groundwater remediation, Permits to Take Water, Records of Site Conditions, excess soil management, vapour intrusion, and site decommissioning. Chris is a frequent speaker, author, and expert witness.  See Chris’ bio.

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