Canadians getting new regulations for cleaner air
GATINEAU, QC, June 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Aglukkaq announced today
that the Government of Canada will, for the first time, regulate
industrial air pollutant emissions through requirements in the proposed
Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations.
These regulations will contribute significantly to lower smog levels and
better air quality overall for Canadians. It is estimated that these
regulations will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.4 megatonnes
between 2013 and 2035.
The first phase of requirements includes industrial boilers and heaters,
stationary engines, such as those used for gas compression or back-up
generators, and the cement manufacturing sector. This is a key part of
the federal responsibility for implementing the new Air Quality
For the past several years, the Government of Canada has collaborated
extensively with representatives from provinces, territories, industry,
and non-government organizations to lay the foundation for the
requirements in these new regulations.
This is the latest federal action to provide cleaner air in Canada. In
2013, the Government of Canada announced the new Canadian Ambient Air
Quality Standards (for ozone and particulate matter) to reduce
smog-forming emissions and that Canada intends to align
transportation-related air pollutant emission standards with the more
stringent Tier 3 standards proposed in the United States.
Environment Canada's economists have projected that, from the period
between 2013 to 2035, the net health benefits to Canadians resulting
from regulating emissions from the cement manufacturing sector will be
$1.4 billion, from boilers and heaters will be $1.1 billion, and from
gas-fired engines will be $6.5 billion.
Net health and environmental benefits will be 15 to 34 times greater
than the costs of implementing these new regulations.
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from regulated boilers and heaters are expected to be
reduced by about 227,000 tonnes between 2013 to 2035. Using 2012 as the
reference year, this is equivalent to eliminating an entire year's
worth of the NOx emissions from electric power generation, and commercial and
residential fuel combustion.
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from regulated stationary engines are expected to be reduced
by about 1.8 megatonnes between 2013 and 2035. This is almost twice the
amount of NOx that Canada's entire mobile fleet—cars, trucks, planes, trains,
tractors and other industrial equipment—emitted in 2011.
Sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from regulated kilns in the cement sector are expected to be
reduced respectively by 96,000 tonnes and 63,000 tonnes between 2017 to
2035. For sulphur dioxide (SO2), this is roughly the amount of sulphur dioxide in solid form that
would fill 600 railcars, and 380 railcars for nitrogen oxides.
"The Harper Government is committed to cleaner air for Canadians—for
today, and for future generations. With today's proposed regulations we
are taking real, tangible actions by establishing, for the first time,
mandatory national air pollutant emissions standards for major
industrial facilities across the country. Thanks to our actions, the
reduction of nitrogen oxides in the air we breathe will be equivalent
to removing four million cars from the road."
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for
the Arctic Council
"The Government is taking action to preserve and protect our clean air.
The regulations announced today speak to the strong commitment the
Government shares with the provinces, territories and stakeholders to
reduce smog and ensure better air quality for Canadians."
- Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament, Ottawa- Orléans
"The Asthma Society of Canada welcomes the proposed Multi-Sector Air
Pollutants Regulations aimed at reducing industrial air emissions and
improving air quality in Canada. This is a positive step toward
improving the quality of the air that is inhaled daily by the three
million Canadians with asthma. Specifically targeting nitrogen oxides,
sulphur dioxide, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter is
key to improving the respiratory health of Canadians. We are encouraged
by these new Regulations and the collaborative process that took place
and look forward to collaborations with other industries to ensure that
Canada has the cleanest air possible, especially for those with asthma
and respiratory allergies."
- Robert Oliphant, President and CEO, Asthma Society of Canada
"The cement industry supports these new regulations. We were the first
industrial sector to conclude discussions with the government and other
stakeholders on the performance standards that would apply to our
cement plants. We believe that the development of the regulations
benefited from the multi-stakeholder process."
- Michael McSweeney, President and CEO, Cement Association of Canada
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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