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April 08, 2016

Ontario Relaxes Approvals for Routine Water-Taking

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is planning to ease or remove the requirement for permits to take water (PTTW) for certain routine water takings which do not pose a significant environmental risk.  The Ministry is developing a regulation to allow certain short-term, non-recurring water taking activities (including surface water takings for road construction and construction dewatering) to instead be registered on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR).  The original proposal was posted on the Environmental Registry for public comment back in March 2015 (EBR Registry #012-0580) and the final decision to proceed was posted on April 1, 2016).  An accompanying Technical Discussion Paper covers in greater detail the proposed regulatory changes, as well as modifications to the PTTW program and EASR requirements.


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