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This course enhances your knowledge and skills by increasing your understanding of current environmental compliance issues. It deals with the current regulatory environment in a variety of jurisdictions, environmental management systems, and many more.


 
Course Outline
After participating in this course you will be able to do the following:

apply your skills in contracting, integrating health and safety, data management and
   reporting, inspections and investigations, negotiating approvals, and environmental management
understand the legislation that directly impacts solid waste, industrial effluents, and air emissions
identify practical approaches for environmental compliance
manage environmental issues subject to various regulations

Description
The environmental “command and control” compliance philosophy continues to dominate the government policy agenda, and the only way to avoid liability for non-compliance is to thoroughly understand regulatory requirements. This course will increase your understanding of the current environmental compliance issues that you may encounter on a daily basis.

The course covers the current regulatory environment in a variety of jurisdictions, as well as environmental management systems, liability, and the interrelationships among federal, provincial, and municipal agencies. Regulations will be described and references for information will be provided. The course emphasizes the application of regulations in the various areas of concern to industry. Whether you have limited previous knowledge or simply need to study regulation updates, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the federal and provincial environmental regulations and how they affect industrial processes and projects.

Objectives
• To review the current environmental regulations, their implications for various sectors, and their application
to processes and projects.

Who Should Attend
Environmental managers, coordinators, engineers, and scientists, and other personnel from environmental as well as from health and safety and environmental departments; corporate/project managers; directors and officers; facility managers; plant superintendents; in-house counsel; consultants; regulatory personnel at the federal and provincial levels; and, municipal personnel responsible for environmental management, waste management, and sewage.

Faculty
Stephen Lamming PhD, EP. Senior Associate - Air Quality, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure
Teresa Meadows, Miller Thomson LLP

Program Outline

Day I

8:00 Registration and Coffee

8:20 Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Part I: Project Assessment and Approvals

8:30 Introduction: The Legal System
(Teresa Meadows)

• Constitutional law, division of powers for environmental matters
• Laws, regulations, codes, and guidelines

9:00 Environmental Assessment
(Teresa Meadows)

• The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
• Key definitions
• Inclusions and exclusions
• Triggers
• Project scoping and tracking
• The provincial EA process
• Applications to projects

9:40 Environmental Assessment Project Scoping Exercise

10:00 Refreshments and Networking

10:15 Environmental Assessment: Technical Aspects
(Stephen Lamming)

• Required studies and information
• Problems and pitfalls
• Application to Projects

11:00 Provincial Permitting Requirements
(Stephen Lamming)

• Overview of the provincial regulatory scheme
• Environmental acts and regulations
• Standards, guidelines, and codes of practice
• The permit process: problems and pitfalls

12:00 Lunch

Part II: Specific Regulation of Air, Water, Waste, and Soil

1:00 Regulation of Air Quality: Federal and Provincial Regulation
(Stephen Lamming)

• Air quality management
• Comprehensive air quality management system (CAMS/AQMS) and implications
• Environmental emergencies
• Dealing with nuisance issues

1:45 Regulation of Air Quality: Technical Issues
• Impact, risk assessment, and cumulative effects
• Planning for abatement
• Case study

2:15 Refreshments and Networking

2:30 Regulating Water Quality I: The Fisheries Act
(Teresa Meadows)

• Protection of water resources and fish habitat
• The Fisheries Act
• HADD
• What is fish habitat, project review, information requirements, mitigation and compensation
• Implications of potential changes to the Fisheries Act
• The Metal Mining Effluent Regulations
• EC’s Environmental Code of Practice for Metal Mines
• Cases, sentences, and other news from the “trenches”

3:30 Regulating Water Quality II: Provincial Water Quality Regulation
(Teresa Meadows)

• Applicable provincial legislation
• Sewer by-laws
• Pollution prevention
• Management strategies

4:30 Adjournment

Day II

Continuation of Part II: Specific Regulation of Air, Water, Waste, and Soil

8:30 Technical Issues: Water and Waste Water
(Stephen Lamming)

• Water and wastewater
• Characterization and limits
• Water quality guidance

9:00 Chemicals Management
(Stephen Lamming)

• The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
• Regulation of toxic substances, export and import
• Chemicals management

9:30 Regulating Soil Quality
(Stephen Lamming)

• Soil quality guidelines (CCME and Provincial)
• Generic vs. site-specific remediation criteria
• Requirements for site assessment

10:00 Refreshments and Networking

10:15 Contaminated Sites and Asset Transfer
(Teresa Meadows)

• Applicable legislation
• Update on contaminated property and industrial sites
• Liabilities and opportunities
• Requirements for remediation
• Case study

11:15 Regulation of Waste and Hazardous Waste
(Teresa Meadows)

• Definitions of hazardous waste (provincial and extra-provincial)
• Provincial general waste management requirements
• Managing categories of special wastes (rechargeable batteries, pesticide containers, e-wastes,
waste oil and filters, waste paint)
• Status of provincial waste reduction and waste diversion programs
• A brief overview of transportation issues associated with waste management

12:00 Lunch

Part III: Spills, Investigations and Enforcement, Legal Liability and Defence

1:00 Spills
(Teresa Meadows)

• What constitutes a “spill”
• Response activities
• Reporting requirements

1:30 Case Study: Spills
(Teresa Meadows)

1:45 Enforcement: Inspection and Investigation
(Teresa Meadows)

• Steps that management may follow when faced with an inspection
• Obligation to cooperate
• Interview of employees
• Written statements
• Search and seizure of documents and important papers
• Search warrant requirements, solicitor client privilege
• Admissibility of evidence and the right to legal counsel

2:30 Refreshments and Networking

2:45 Liability and Legal Defence
(Teresa Meadows)

• Due Diligence
• Prosecutions
• Civil liability/compensation
• Legal perspective on managing your liability
• Duty to cooperate with orders
• Due diligence related to the company, directors, officers, employees and agents

4:00 Case Study: Prosecution
(Teresa Meadows)

4:30 Adjournment

Day III

Part IV: Developing Areas: Information Management, Climate Change, Corporate
Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities and Voluntary Initiatives (including EMS)

8:30 Monitoring
(Stephen Lamming)

• Permit conditions
• Source testing
• Air and water monitoring
• Environmental effects

9:30 Information Management and Reporting
(Stephen Lamming)

• Reporting requirements under the NPRI
• Provincial reporting
• EMS requirements under the Environmental Code of Practice for Metal Mines
• National and international EMS standards
• Compliance audits

10:15 Refreshments and Networking

10:30 Climate Change Risk
(Stephen Lamming)

• Managing risk: mitigation and adaptation
• GHG standards and protocols: ISO 14064/5
• Managing GHG reduction
• Technology and offsets
• Validation and verification
• Adaptation and infrastructure
• Vulnerability assessment

11:15 Corporate Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities
(Teresa Meadows)

• Canadian securities reporting and environmental disclosure obligations
• OSC staff notice: staff notice 51-716
• CSA staff notice 51-333
• US securities reporting and environmental disclosure obligations
• SEC interpretation release nos. 33-9106; 34-61469; FR-82
• Institutional and individual investor demands
• The Carbon Disclosure Project and Global Reporting Initiative shareholder initiatives
• “But I’m not the CFO”: how do these disclosure obligations affect frontline staff

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Aboriginal Issues
(Teresa Meadows)

• The duty to consult and accommodate
• Understanding and addressing aboriginal issues
• Consultation requirements for proponents
• Addressing heritage and outstanding land claim issues

1:45 Public Consultation
(Teresa Meadows)

• Understanding the role of the public in regulatory processes
• Public consultation requirements
• Preparing for effective consultation

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

2:30 Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment
 
Instructor 

Stephen Lamming
Dr. Stephen Lamming is a Principal Consultant with AMEC Environment and Infrastructure in the field of air quality management, with more than 30 years experience in air quality management, including mining, the oil and gas sector, and heavy industry. His expertise includes emissions assessment, air monitoring, dispersion modelling, and climate change mitigation/adaptation.

Dr. Lamming has worked with municipal, industrial, and resource sector clients across Canada and internationally to assess climate impacts, determine emissions, prepare and execute sampling programs, conduct transport and dispersion modelling, assess community impact, develop abatement and monitoring strategies, and prepare permit documentation. He has also been involved in air quality assessment and management studies (including greenhouse gases) as part of the federal and provincial environmental assessment process for thermal power generation facilities, landfill sites, and linear infrastructure (pipeline).

In addition to preparing greenhouse gas inventories for industry, resource sector, and municipal clients, Dr. Lamming has worked with companies in preparing emissions trading protocol documentation for NOx emission credits and emissions trading. He has also been an expert witness at the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal. Dr. Lamming has created professional development programs on air quality management and greenhouse gas reduction, presenting to private and public sector participants at major centres across the country.

Teresa Meadows
Teresa Meadows brings more than 30 years of experience in the environmental regulatory field to her senior associate position at Miller Thomson’s Environmental Specialty Group, an environmental and aboriginal law practice in Alberta. Her diverse background includes working with Alberta Environment as a park naturalist and with Stantec Consulting Ltd. as an environmental regulatory consultant. She provides environmental and regulatory advice to a variety of public and private sector clients, working with many of Western and Northern Canada’s environmental authorities. She has successfully argued cases before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Meadows has also worked as the regulatory lead on a number of high-profile regulatory approval projects in a wide range of industrial sectors across Canada. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to various environmental law publications, specializing in climate change, environmental assessment, approvals, environmental enforcement, waste management, and decommissioning/reclamation. Additionally, she is the co-author of a chapter on climate change in The Law of Climate Change in Canada, which was the first in-depth legal resource on climate change to be published in the country. The text was awarded the 2011 Walter Owen Book Prize for outstanding new contribution to Canadian legal literature.


Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

Certificates offered

2.1 CEUs / 21 PDHs


Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011
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