Regulatory Updates From Nimonik
Four fish-frequented water bodies proposed for deposit of mine waste in Quebec
Changes have been proposed to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (2002) that would enable the deposit of mine waste in four fish-frequented water bodies in Quebec as part of the BlackRock Mining Project.
In order to offset the loss of fish habitat resulting from this use of fish-frequented water bodies for mine waste disposal, the mine operator would implement a fish habitat compensation plan that includes participation in a recovery plan for the lake trout population of nearby Lake Chibougamau.
The four water bodies concerned are unnamed and are located approximately 30 kilometres southeast of the town of Chibougamau and close to the open pit iron, titanium, and vanadium mine that forms the whole of the BlackRock Mining Project.
The proposed changes can be read on the Canada Gazette website.
Screening assessments conclude that several living organisms are not toxic
Recent screening assessments have determined that certain living organisms should not be regulated as “toxic substances” in Canada. The Ministers of the Environment and of Health are publishing final decisions concerning several living organisms already listed on the Domestic Substances List (DSL). In most cases, it was previously established that the living organisms may potentially cause immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity, or constitute or may constitute a danger to the environment on which life depends.
In all cases, the Ministers propose that the living organisms do not meet the criteria for a “toxic substance” as found under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 . The living organisms concerned are:
- The Bacillus circulans strain ATCC 9500 ( circulans is an endospore-forming bacterium that is present in many environments);
- The Bacillus megaterium strain ATCC 14581 ( megaterium can be found in both aquatic and terrestrial environments, in association with plants, animals and humans, as a contaminant of foods and in man-made environments);
- The Chaetomium globosum strain ATCC 6205 ( globosum is commonly found on mouldy building materials);
- The Micrococcus luteus strain ATCC 4698 ( luteus belongs to the normal flora of mammalian skin and mucous membranes, and is also widespread in the environment, including soil, air, dust, water, polar ice, activated sludge, plants, fish, insects, and food);
- The Aspergillus oryzae strain ATCC 11866 ( oryzae is used in food fermentation facilities, primarily in Japan and China, but may also be found sporadically in soil or on decaying plant materials);
- The Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain F53 ( cerevisiae has been used widely in the bakery and brewery industries for centuries); and
- The Pseudomonas putida strains ATCC 12633, ATCC 31483, ATCC 31800 and ATCC 700369 ( putida are generally considered to have ubiquitous distribution in the environment and can adapt to varying conditions).
The Ministers are proposing to take no further action at this time concerning these living organisms under CEPA s.77. The Minister of the Environment intends to amend the DSL to indicate that the significant new activities provisions under CEPA section 106 (3) apply with respect to the A. oryzae and P. putida strains listed above. The decisions are available on the Canada Gazette website.
Canadian standard for mobile cranes updated
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) recently published a new version of its standard for mobile cranes. The standard, Z150-16 – Safety code on mobile cranes (Z150-16) replaces the previous edition of the standard, Z150-11 – Safety code on mobile cranes (Z150-11).
In comparison with the 2011 edition, the 2016 edition includes updates to requirements for construction and characteristics of mobile cranes, inspection, testing and maintenance, operation, and wire rope. The scope of the standard is also expanded to cover requirements for locomotive cranes.
The 2016 standard was published on January 3, 2017 and is available for purchase from the CSA website..
Canadian standard for machine safeguarding updated
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) recently published a new version of its standard for machine safeguarding. The standard, Z432-16 – Safeguarding of machinery (Z432-16) replaces the previous edition of the standard, Z432-04 (R2014) – Safeguarding of Machinery (Z432-04) .
The 2016 edition applies to newly manufactured, rebuilt and redeployed machinery; it may also be used to set upgrade targets for existing machinery. The scope of the 2016 edition has been expanded from the revised 2004 edition to incorporate new industrial standards related to machinery design and performance and to provide more information for hazard identification. The section on risk assessment has been revised, and an annex discussing psychosocial hazards has been added. Safeguarding of new technology such as lasers has also been taken into account.
The 2016 edition is available for purchase from the CSA website.