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Environmental Compliance Approval – A Necessity for Most Businesses in Ontario

Environmental Compliance Approvals in Ontario
 
An Environmental Compliance Approval is vital for almost every business that operates in Ontario. The Environmental Protection Act (EPA) ensures that every business with processes or systems that release contaminants into the environment will require an Environmental Compliance Approval from the Ministry of the Environment in order to operate legally in the province.
 
In defining a "contaminant,” the EPA also includes noise and vibrations. This refers to contaminants that are released into the air, land and water. The requirement to apply for and receive an Environmental Compliance Approval is designed to allow the Ministry of the Environment to track and limit the amount of pollutants that are released into the environment. It also provides a means to determine liability if a business violates the approval in any manner.
 
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