Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) and Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Step-by-Step Process
How to determine if your facility needs an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) application or register through the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) process?
Under the Ontario Regulation (O. Reg) 1/17, certain NAICS code and operations are not eligible to register its facility through the EASR process. If your facility is not eligible for the EASR process, then the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) sees your facility operations as being ‘high risk’; therefore, The ECA approach must be taken.
If your company decides to retain Rubidium Environmental to complete either the ECA or EASR for your facility, the following steps and approaches are taken by our staff and engineers from start to finish.
Step 1: Site Visit and Data Collection
Upon retaining our company, our field engineers will schedule a day and time with our client to go on-site for a site visit. Depending on the complexity of the operations and size of the facility, up to 3 field engineers may be present for the field work. During the site visit, a facility employee to answer technical questions related to production rates and operations must also be made available. Upon touring the facility and collecting the necessary process information, our field engineers will be mapping out the site and collecting the necessary stack and equipment information on the building roof-top; therefore, the building roof-tops must be made accessible during this time.
Step 2: Emission Estimation and Facility Compliance with MECP Standards
Once all of the on-site information has been collected, the engineers will take the data back to the office and start conducting the analysis to determine whether or not the facility is in compliance with Ministry standards. Most assessments begin with an Emissions Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) Report, which looks at the maximum off-property Point Of Impingement (POI) concentration for a particular contaminant discharged by the facility. However, depending on the proximity of noise sensitive receptors relative to the facility, an Acoustic Assessment Report (AAR) may also be required. The ESDM and AAR are the two most common types of reports required for manufacturing facilities. Other types of reports, such as wastewaster, best management practice plans, odour control reports etc. may also be required depending on the type of facility.
Step 3: Application Submission and Review Process
If the facility is required to apply for an ECA, the prepared application must be submitted to various Ministry offices for review. The review process typically takes more than 6 months depending on the complexity of the facility and additional supporting information that may be required by the MECP.
On the other hand, if the facility is eligible for the EASR process, then Rubidium Environmental’s Licensed Engineering Practitioner (LEP) and Qualified Person (QP) can approve and seal off the application, where the approval can be issued almost immediately to the client avoiding the 6+ months review process.