How To Stay In Compliance with Environmental Regulations in B.C.
Authorization holders are responsible for following the terms and conditions of their authorizations. The following tips will help authorization holders remain in compliance.
Be Authorized Correctly
Be sure all waste discharges from prescribed industries, trades, businesses, operations or activities are authorized by the province. More than one authorization may be required to cover all waste discharges (see Schedules 1 and 2 of the Waste Discharge Regulation for a full list).
Hire an Appropriate Qualified Professional
If a qualified professional is required to carry out work, ensure they have expertise and experience in the field required. Their experience should be specific to the waste and/or environment for the particular industry and site.
Understand Your Authorization
Each authorization—whether a site-specific permit, approval or a registration under a Regulation or Code of Practice—has specific requirements that must be followed. Guidance documents for discharging waste under the Environmental Management Act are available.
Ask Yourself the Following Questions
- Are all required works in place prior to any waste discharge?
- What are my discharge limits?
- What monitoring and analysis am I required to do?
- What is the frequency of the monitoring and analysis?
- What are my reporting requirements?
Submitting Required Reports
- Submit any routine information, including Annual Status Forms to EnvAuthorizationsReporting@gov.bc.ca
- Upload analytical results to the Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) and confirm your lab will do this for you if required
- Submit reports of non-compliance to EnvironmentalCompliance@gov.bc.ca
- Report all spills to the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456, in accordance with the Spill Reporting Regulation.
Guidance is available on proper formatting and procedures to submit Routine Reports, Annual Status Forms, Non-Compliance Reports and Environmental Monitoring System Data (EMS data).