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Feds finalize regulations to improve air quality and protect human health

Many of the new requirements to reduce air pollution are already in place for similar facilities in the US

November 11, 2020  by CM Staff

New national regulations to reduce air pollution from the petroleum and petrochemical sectors will improve air quality for nearby communities and workers. (CNW Group/Environment and Climate Change Canada)

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada announced that they have finalized national regulations that will reduce pollution from petroleum and petrochemical facilities across the country, including in Sarnia, Mississauga, Montréal, Burnaby, Prince George, Saint John, and many communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Harmful airborne substances—known as volatile organic compounds—emitted from these facilities contribute to premature deaths and more frequent and severe asthma symptoms, and they force workers and nearby residents to interrupt their daily activities.

“The pandemic has reminded us how important access to nature and fresh air is to our everyday life and well-being,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, in a prepared statement. “Our government is proud to be working directly with cities, Indigenous communities, industries, and all Canadians on solutions to protect our air quality. These new regulations will contribute to the health of Canadians while ensuring the prosperity of our economy and protecting jobs today.”

The Government of Canada worked closely with industry to provide many compliance options to minimize costs. As a result, industries can find the most effective ways to reduce their pollution. Many of the new requirements to reduce air pollution are already in place for similar facilities in the US. These measures support competitiveness as the petroleum and petrochemical sectors begin to recover from the economic downturn and low energy prices.

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