Webinar: Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations and proposed amendments

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The Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations and proposed amendments

Environment and Climate Change Canada is proposing to amend the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations to allow eligible communities to receive a transitional authorization and to expand the temporary bypass authorizations to include planned releases from sewer systems.

Senior policy staff from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) will provide an overview of key elements of the regulations and discuss proposed amendments related to transitional authorizations and temporary bypass authorizations. There will also be updates on a proposal to develop a regulatory framework for wastewater systems in the North. This Northern Regulatory Framework would include wastewater systems north of the 54th parallel in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and the northern territories.


Proposed Amendments

Transitional Authorizations: ECCC is proposing to allow eligible communities another opportunity to receive an extension (transitional authorization) to comply with the Regulations. The rules for qualifying for this extension, and the deadline to upgrade or build a new wastewater treatment facility would remain the same.

Expansion of existing temporary bypass authorization: ECCC is also proposing to expand the existing temporary bypass authorizations in the Regulations to include planned releases of wastewater from sewer systems. This approach is being considered to improve transparency and result in the least possible impact on the environment. The amended regulations would allow eligible communities to apply for a temporary bypass authorization for short term releases.


More information on proposed amendments is available on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s website.