Saskatchewan protects the environment by supporting sound industrial activities, from design through operations to the decommissioning and reclamation of facilities.
These activities include:
- Consulting with stakeholders;
- Reviewing project proposals and environmental impact statements;
- Issuing permits and approvals for regulated activities; and
- Monitoring performance through compliance inspections and reporting of regulated activities.
Industrial Waste Management
Owners and operators are responsible for waste generated by industry, manufacturing, trade or business, including seepage or rainwater that enters industrial works, and must mitigate any environmental and human health risks.
Air Emissions - National Standards and Industry Requirements
The Canada-Wide Air Quality Management System (AQMS)
AQMS is a collaborative and comprehensive approach for reducing air pollution in Canada. It examines all significant sources of air pollution with a primary focus on securing better air quality for improved human health and environmental benefits.
AQMS enables governments to effectively respond to the many different air quality challenges across the country so that people better understand what actions are being taken to ensure the quality of air they breathe is safe.
Industries regulated include petroleum refining, potash, oil sands, fertilizer and chemical production, pulp and paper, upstream oil and gas, electricity, steel and ethanol production, as well as turbines, heater and boilers, and natural gas reciprocating engines.
The primary objective of AQMS is to achieve continuous improvement in air quality across Canada, including:
- New Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) to set the bar for outdoor air quality management;
- A framework for air zone management that supports actions to improve air quality;
- Base‐level Industrial Emission Requirements (BLIERs) that establish a base‐level of performance for all major industries;
- A national inter‐governmental forum to address emissions from the transportation sector;
- A mechanism to coordinate action when air pollution crosses a provincial or international boarder.
Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS)
Outdoor air quality criteria, known as CAAQS, help air management zones determine how much and how urgently they need to act to improve air quality.
National standards have been developed for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3).
Similar standards are being developed for sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
The Industrial Source (Air Quality) chapter of the Saskatchewan Environmental Code replaces The Clean Air Act, The Clean Air Regulations and The Potash Refining Air Emissions Regulations while The Environmental Management and Protection (General) Regulations have been created to regulate the remaining items not specifically covered by the chapter.
Other industrial air requirements, including air quality standards for burning, sand blasting, air monitoring and asphalt, are located in the Publication Centre.