• Monthly Environmental Update: October 2009
  • October 15, 2009 | Authors: Dennis E. Mahony; David P. Chernos; Crawford G. Smith
  • Law Firm: Torys LLP - Toronto Office
  • On September 24, 2009, the renewable energy approvals sections of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 and the related regulations (including O. Reg. 359/09) came into force. As part of the Ontario government's effort to streamline the approval process for renewable energy projects (e.g., wind, solar and biomass facilities), renewable energy approvals (REAs) will replace several environmental permits, including certificates of approvals for air, sewage systems, waste disposal sites and waste management systems and permits to take water. To obtain a REA, applicants must provide specified information that incorporates considerations previously addressed under the Environmental Assessment Act, the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act.