Mining

Conservation Ontario’s Comments on “Schedule 1 of Bill 39 – Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2016” (EBR# 012-8443)

Conservation Ontario’s submission to MNRF on the “Schedule 1 of Bill 39 – Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2016” (EBR# 012-8443). On October 6, 2016, MNRF posted an Act Proposal Notice to the Environmental Registry to introduce a bill to amend both the Aggregate Resources Act and the Mining Act. The coordinated comments is supportive of the proposed changes as they appear to be primarily enabling in nature, but will allow for better integration with the Clean Water Act.

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Conservation Ontario’s submission on “A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework” (EBR 012-5444)

Conservation Ontario's submission to MNRF on "A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework" (EBR 012-5444). On October 21, 2015 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) released "A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework". As stated on the Environmental Registry, the Blueprint sets out to build a framework that will better support aggregate management in the province and help achieve the province's four main goals: stronger oversight, environmental accountability, improved information and participation, and increased and equalized fees and royalties.

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Conservation Ontario’s Comments on the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) Draft Responsible Aggregate Standards

Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC), is a non-profit organization that is developing a voluntary certification system for responsible pits and quarries in Ontario. CO submitted comments on the draft certification standards. CO was supportive in principle of the overall direction to aggregate operators provided by the proposed Standard. CO’s comments also identified a number of areas where the proposed Standards could be made more robust. In particular, the certification process should be more clearly linked to successful adherence to requirements, performance benchmarks and metrics. Further emphasis should be placed on requirements for existing operations and content of rehabilitation plans, consideration of cumulative impacts and the use of a landscape planning approach. It was also suggested that the proposed Standards indicate that Conservation Authorities may be engaged and consulted for their expertise where appropriate.

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CO Comment on Proposed Legislative Amendments to the Mining Act

CO comments on the Ministry of Northern Development and Mine’s (MNDM’s) proposed legislative amendments to the Mining Act, which were introduced through Bill 173, the Mining Amendment Act, 2009, and posted for public comment on the Environmental Registry (EBR #010-6559). - Mining Act

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CO Comments on the Development Regulations for Ontario's new Mining Act

CO comments on Ontario’s New Mining Act and the proposed Workbook for the Development of Regulations (EBR #010-8656). - Mining Act

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