Before a Minister of the Environment can begin the process of renewing an Approval, he or she must have sufficient information to support the request for a renewed Approval. This includes information to support both an application for renewal and a facility profile. The facility should be in touch with the Department of Environment about this at least 240 days (eight months) before the existing Approval is set to expire.
Eventually, both the completed application to renew and the facility profile will be available to the public, either through our online Public Information Access Site , or from any Department office in the province, once the public comment period is underway.
Application for Renewal
The facility must submit a completed application form to the Department providing information about proposed changes to the facility's operation which may affect environmental control measures or emission levels, about compliance with the current Approval, and about any involvement the facility has had with the public since the last Approval was issued. Please note that if there are changes at any point during the renewal process that may affect environmental controls or emission levels, the facility must notify the Department of Environment immediately.
The facility must submit information for the facility profile, which will be prepared by Department of Environment staff. The profile will likely include information about the facility's name, location and operation, a brief history highlighting any previous changes to operations, a summary of the conditions of the existing Approval, a summary of the facility's compliance history, and the name, telephone and email (if applicable) of a representative at the facility to answer questions from the public. The facility will be given an opportunity to review and confirm the accuracy of the information contained in the profile.
Please note: In the process of preparing the facility profile, we may require information from the facility, such as blueprints, that may be of a sensitive nature. While the Right to Information Act guarantees the public the right to request and receive information from the provincial government relating to its business, there are a number of circumstances when there is no right to information under the Act: such as when information is or could be involved in a court case; when it would reveal financial, commercial, technical or scientific information; when it would disclose access to or the security of buildings. Under these circumstances, information will not be released to the public. For more information, consult the Right to Information Act.
The application form and facility profile must be complete before the public comment period can begin. If we experience a significant delay in receiving this information, then the consultation process may be extended and the Minister may decide to issue an administrative penalty against the facility.