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B.C. Government’s Ministry of EnvironmentWaste Authorizations for Slaughter and Poultry Processing Facilities

September 23, 2006

Slaughter & Poultry Processing Waste Team





meeting objectives
Meeting Objectives
  • Provide a brief overview of provincial waste authorizations for slaughter and poultry processing facilities
  • Present the development process for codes of practice
  • Answer questions or discuss issues
who authorizes what
Who Authorizes What?



CFIA permits






B.C.’s MoE permits





Water treatment




B.C.’s MoEpermits

changing current provincial authorization
Changing Current Provincial Authorization
  • The Environmental Management Act (EMA) was brought into force on July 8, 2004
  • Combines and replaces the old Waste Management Act and the Environment Management Act
  • A more flexible authorization framework with modern environmental management tools
what does this mean for authorizing waste discharges
What does this mean for authorizing waste discharges?

EMA Codes of Practice (Minister’s Regulations)

Current system authorizes for…

  • Compost
  • Incineration/gasification
  • Land application
  • Landfill
  • Wastewater treatment

Register under a code for your prescribed industry and meet the code’s requirements

Less detailed … more results based

Changing system to …

Detailed requirements

One application / registration

A permit for each activity

ema and the waste discharge regulation wdr
EMA and the Waste Discharge Regulation (WDR)
  • WDR identifies industries, trades, businesses, activities and operations
  • If not listed in WDR and other regulations, no one can pollute (sec 6(4) of EMA)
  • Schedule 1 - requires an authorization such as:
          • a permit
          • an approval
          • a regulation
          • an operational certificate
          • an order or a waste management plan

… to introduce waste into the environment

  • Schedule 2 - eligible to be authorized by a minister’s code of practice
ema codes of practice minister s regulations
EMA Codes of Practice“Minister’s Regulations”
  • Enforceable, industry or activity-wide regulations approved by the Minister
  • Intended to:
    • provide certainty to users
    • streamline the Ministry’s authorization process
    • have a results-based focus where possible
  • Address the discharge of waste from a prescribed industry or activity
what does this mean
What does this mean?
  • The Poultry Processing and Slaughter Industry are listed in Schedule 2 of WDR
  • Both industries can now be authorized under a Minister’s regulation (code of practice)
  • Our team is developing these codes of practice
proof of provincial authorization
Proof of Provincial Authorization
  • CFIA application for permit “must be accompanied by copies of all relevant municipal and provincial licenses and inspection reports…”
  • MOE doesn’t generate licenses for some permitted activities / discharges
moe s input to draft srm manual
MOE’s Input to Draft SRM Manual
  • Emailed detailed review to CFIA
  • Included comments from Regional Districts on landfill requirements
  • Concern with landfill requirements
  • Suggested more definitions, outline of the time and process for CFIA applications for SRM permits etc.
  • Would like to link the exemption to comply with provincial criteria
development process for codes of practice and regulations under review
Development Process for Codes of Practice and Regulations under Review
  • Information gathering/scoping
  • Policy intentions paper for consultation
  • Consultation
  • Drafting
  • Implementation

Detailed information on phases available at:

We are here

We need your input here

the proposed work plan for 2006 2007
The Proposed Work Plan for 2006-2007
  • Currently researching technical standards for landfills accepting slaughter waste, air emissions from slaughter facilities as well as wastewater treatment and its beneficial re-uses e.g. land application
  • Will develop an intentions paper for consultation in the winter of 2007
  • Will need to adjust timeframes where appropriate
interested in updates
Interested in Updates?
  • We plan to send updates on…
      • The development of the codes of practice
      • Technical standards under development
      • Policy in the form of an intentions paper from which to create the code
      • Status of the code – legal drafting, Cabinet review, implementation
      • Implementation training and resources
      • Amendments to the codes
  • Would you like to receive updates?
b c s ministry of environment
B.C.’s Ministry of Environment

Thank you …

Any questions?