June 17, 2020
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has made an announcement acknowledging the impact COVID-19 has had on the regulated community and recognizing that in some cases temporary relief from certain regulations may be needed to maintain operations and to support quick response to emergencies.
Accordingly, The MECP has announced it will temporarily delay the implementation of the first phase of requirements under the new Excess Soil Regulation by six months, from July 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021. This delay will give developers and municipalities more time to gradually implement the new regulation while prioritizing their COVID-19 response. Specifically, this delayed implementation pertains to soil reuse rules and waste designation. A complete description of what is covered by this delayed implementation may be found at https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-1853.
Note that none of the other deadlines contained in the regulations have been changed and that those that pertain to soil testing, advanced planning of soil movements, tracking, hauling records and registration will come into effect January 1, 2022.
SoilFLO remains committed to helping both our private and public sector clients plan and implement new modern practices to ensure compliance, save money, and take control of their dirt. We have seen first-hand that those who implement best management practices, are saving money and are not concerned about the operational impacts of the regulations.