Environmental Compliance Approvals

Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs, formerly Certificates of Approval) are required for any company emitting contaminants to the natural environment. Contaminants may include:

  • Chemicals

  • Waste

  • Wastewater

  • Noise

  • Vibration

  • Odour

Pinchin’s team of engineers, project managers and technologists can help identify sources at your facility that need approval, prepare the application documentation, and help you understand and manage the terms and conditions that come once your approval is received from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

A typical ECA application for air emission will include:

  • Emission Summary and Dispersion Modeling Report with estimated emissions from your operations, completed dispersion models showing the off-property impact, and a comparison of predicted chemical concentrations with regulatory limits
  • Acoustic Assessment Report showing measured or estimated noise emissions from equipment onsite, modeled noise impacts at nearby sensitive receptors, and a comparison of predicted impacts with regulatory guidelines

Once an ECA is obtained, companies must operate in accordance with the approval’s terms and conditions, including installation of mitigation equipment, maintaining operation and maintenance records, and filing annual reports or amendments as equipment is modified, installed, or removed.

Environmental Activity and Sector Registry

Certain equipment is considered to be low risk by the MOECC and can be registered online through the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry, provided certain operational criteria are met. Low risk equipment may include:

  • Comfort heating equipment

  • Standby power generators

  • Automotive refinishing equipment

  • Solar facilities

  • Printing facilities

  • Waste management facilities

Pinchin can review your equipment and determine what is eligible for online EASR registration. If you are installing new equipment, Pinchin can help specify equipment that will meet the EASR’s requirements, thereby limiting your costs and future reporting burdens.