The MOE is proposing to consolidate Ontario’s five ozone depleting substances regulations under the Environmental Protection Act, into one updated regulation. The five old regulations would be revoked:
- O. Reg. 356/90: Ozone Depleting Substances – General;
- O. Reg. 189/94: Refrigerants;
- O. Reg. 413/94: Halon Fire Extinguishing Equipment;
- O. Reg. 717/94: Solvents;
- O. Reg. 718/94: Sterilants.
The new regulation would more closely harmonize with the 2001 National Action Plan for the Environmental Control of Ozone-Depleting Substances and their Halocarbon Alternatives, and would increasingly restrict the use of halons for fire fighting. Meanwhile, Environment Canada continues to promote an industry-led extended producer responsibility program for used refrigerants.
For more details, see EBR Registry Number: 011-0505. Comments will be accepted until October 25, 2010.