Environmental Compliance Reporting
The following reports and data cover the results of inspections under the Environmental Management Act (EMA). EMA regulates industrial and municipal waste discharges, pollution, air quality, hazardous waste and contaminated site remediation. It provides powers and authorities for ministry staff to verify compliance, to prevent and correct detrimental environmental impacts, and to take enforcement action and respond to environmental emergencies.
Administrative Penalties Issued
Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) are discretionary financial penalties that can be administered with less onerous procedural and legal requirements than a court prosecution, making them an effective and efficient enforcement option.
To date, 100% of all Administrative Penalties have been paid. Below are some AMPs of interest.
Mackenzie Pulp Mill Corporation in Mackenzie B.C. has been issued an Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) under the Environmental Management Act, totaling $81,100 for failing to comply with permit limits, and failing to maintain their recovery boiler.
Between 2014 and 2018, infractions included exceeding permitted levels of bivalent sulphur and particulate matter from the recovery boiler and failing to maintain the recovery boiler. Almost half of the bivalent sulphur exceedances were over the permit limit by 25% to 100%, and15% of the exceedances were over by more than 100%. All of the exceedances for particulate matter were significant: 96%, 46%, 600%, 73% and 86% over the permit limit.
Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR) is a large Canadian company with many assets across Canada, including British Columbia. On July 4, 2018, CPR received an Administrative Monetary Penalty under the Environmental Management Act, totaling $31,500, for failure to comply with an effluent discharge permit for its railyard in Golden, B.C.
Between 2015 and 2017, numerous discharges from two wastewater treatment plants exceeded permit limits for Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), pH and Toxicity. Twenty-nine of these permit exceedances were more than 25% over the permit limit and eighteen were more than 100% over the permit limit. The largest exceedance was on December 16, 2015 when BOD was more than 1900% over the permit limit.
Compliance Annual Inspection Reports
These annual reports are point in time compliance assessments for business operations or activities regulated by the EMA.
- 2017 Compliance Inspections Report (PDF, 1.9 MB)
- 2016 Compliance Inspections Report (PDF, 1.82 MB)
- 2015 Compliance Inspections Report (PDF)
For compliance activity reports under the Integrated Pest Management Act visit the Reports, publications & guides for pesticides page.
Compliance Inspection Data
The Excel spreadsheets below list who was inspected, the address, the type of authorization under the EMA and the outcome of the inspection. The regulated party column identifies who was inspected, and the outcome of the inspection is listed under the response code column. The response code identifies the compliance and enforcement tool issued. For an explanation of these tools please refer to the Compliance Inspection Reports above or the Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Procedures (PDF).
- Inspections Data 2016: Environmental Management Act (XLSX)
- Inspections Data 2015: Environmental Management Act (XLSX)
For a copy of an entire inspection report, please email EnvironmentalCompliance@gov.bc.ca. Please include the inspection number and confirm the email address(es) that will receive a copy of the requested inspection report.
Conducting audits on regulated parties is one of the methods the Ministry uses to verify compliance with EMA and its associated regulations. They can be conducted through on-site inspections and/or by evaluating submitted data and reports.
The compliance audits have four primary objectives:
- To evaluate the rate of compliance with a regulatory obligation (legislation, regulation, code of practice);
- To determine if a sector or activity needs more detailed compliance verification;
- To identify compliance promotion opportunities with an industry or sector; and
- To provide recommendations to amend legislation, a regulation or a code of practice based on the ability to determine compliance.
- Asphalt Compliance Audit Report - August 2017
- Oil & Gas Air Permit Compliance Audit Report - August 2017
- Sawmill Air Authorization Compliance Audit Report - August 2017
- Invert Drill Cutting Compliance Audit Report - August 2017
- Qualified Professional Audit Report - September 2018
- North East Sewage Management Compliance Audit - August 2017