The Environmental Management (EM) Section is responsible for management of the release of wastes and other contaminants from the industrial and municipal sectors of the Peace Region. EM issues authorizations (permits, approvals) regarding the discharge of waste to the environment, issues orders concerning pollution and site remediation, and administers those documents as well as regulations concerning waste discharges.
The Peace Region EM section administers the following:
- Composting activities through the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation;
- Discharges from camp operations through a Regional Policy; and
- Municipal type waste discharges such as municipal liquid waste (sewage effluent) and municipal solid waste (domestic refuse and demolition, land clearing and construction wastes) through permits, approvals, operational certificates issued as per approved waste management plans, regulations and orders issued pursuant to the Environmental Management Act.
The Peace Region's EM section administers the following:
- Oil and gas waste discharges through:
- Permits, approvals and orders issued pursuant to the Waste Discharge Regulation, under the Environmental Management Act, for federally-regulated oil and gas operations and all downstream oil and gas operations; and
- The Oil and Gas Waste Regulation under the Environmental Management Act, for all upstream oil and gas activities, both provincially and federally regulated.
- The Oil and Gas Commission is the first point of contact for applications for well test flaring under Section 6 of the Oil and Gas Waste Regulation and for drilling waste disposal.
- Sawmill operation discharges through the permits, approvals and orders issued pursuant to the Waste Discharge Regulation under the Environmental Management Act. Wood residue burners are regulated by the Wood Residue Burner and Incinerator Regulation.
- Discharges from asphalt plants are regulated by the Asphalt Plant Regulation and the Environmental Management Act.
- Mining discharges are authorized through the Environmental Management Act.
- Pulp and paper operation discharges are through the Pulp Mill and Pulp and Paper Mill Liquid Effluent Control Regulation and the Environmental Management Act.
The EM section also responds to complaints regarding air and water pollution related to discharges from businesses or individuals. Environmental Emergency Response Officers in the section respond to hazardous material spill incidents and provide technical advice on spill prevention and contingency planning.