Managing industry’s impact on air quality is a priority.
Breathing clean air is something we take for granted and is essential for the high quality of life Canadian’s have come to expect. Effectively managing industry’s impact on air quality is a priority.
Provinces use comprehensive systems to manage air quality including regulation of industrial emissions, air monitoring, setting air quality objectives and reporting of the air quality health index.
In Alberta, the Air Quality Management System (AQMS) sets the direction and approach to managing air-related issues and is coordinated with federal policies and strategies.
In British Columbia, the air quality regulatory framework is managed through the Environmental Management Act and Waste Discharge Regulation.
For the natural gas industry, authorizations are required to discharge emissions into the environment. In Alberta and British Columbia, large industrial facilities are required to report their emissions.
Managing odours is a shared responsibility
Responsibility for air quality issues such as odour, is shared between operators and regulators through best practices, compliance assurance and enforcement. An example of industry collaboration managing odours from upstream natural gas develop is the work done through the Alberta Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA). CASA’s Good Practices Guide for Odour Management in Alberta explains some of the most common tools and practices used in assessing, preventing and managing odours. The guide brings together a wealth of information that industry, regulators and government can use to develop odour management plans or requirements.