Submissions and communications
OFA comments on proposed changes to environmental permits for environmental activities and stormwater management under sector registration. OFA supports the objective of creating a more efficient environmental permitting process. However, OFA is concerned that further consideration is required regarding the potential for this proposal to have significant unintended impacts on nearby agricultural land and adverse impacts on food safety, security, and livestock health. Masu.
Our top line feedback is summarized below:
- Proposed changes aim to “reduce regulatory burden while protecting human health and the environment,” but health and safety protections for food grown in Ontario are overlooked. That’s what we think.
- We need to ensure that the regulations, registrations and programs introduced must prohibit negative impacts on neighboring properties, in addition to ensuring that the construction work does not have an adverse impact on the environment, which is already included. I believe that.
- Nearby receptors should be modified to also include agricultural land and activities.
- Include consideration of discharges into urban drains.
- Detail the process by which adversely affected neighborhood receptors can escalate concerns and complaints if not adequately addressed by the owner of the work.
- Review of the ‘Waste Water’ section to ensure food safety and animal health are properly considered.
- Stormwater runoff analysis, including potential impacts to agricultural land and activities.and
- The Spill Contingency Plan (SPC) will be expanded to include all nearby wells and water intakes, including private systems and water sources that may be used for agricultural purposes.
OFA looks forward to working with the Government of Ontario to help protect Ontario’s farmland, support infrastructure development, and protect human health and the environment.