Background

The Environmental Management Act was enacted on July 8, 2004, to replace the old Waste Management Act and the Environment Management Act. This new Act provides a more flexible authorization framework, increase enforcement options and use modern environmental management tools. In 2009, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment (MOE) recognized changes were needed to the 20-year old Agricultural Waste Control Regulation to bring it in line with the current authorization framework as well as update it with respect to current and emerging environmental and farming practices.


Activities to Date

MOE has five steps for reviewing and implementing changes to the Regulations: Information Gathering/Scoping, Policy Intentions Paper, Consultation, Legal Drafting, and Implementation. A Policy Intentions Paper was released in January 2012 with proposed changes, and has asked for feedback via their website (www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/awcr/) to be submitted no later than May 31, 2012.

In-person consultation sessions with industry have been initiated and will continue through the year. On April 25, 2012 representatives from various industry sectors met with MOE and Ministry of Agriculture (AGRI) staff. A very positive, proactive discussion was held with a shared desire and willingness to work together to find a workable solution for everyone. Minutes are available through BCAC office.

Future consultation sessions will be planned to focus on topics outlined in the Policy Intentions Paper, including storage, compost, mortalities, access to water, land application and confined livestock and wood waste. Issues within the topics will also include grandfathering, monitoring, recordkeeping, odour and air quality.

The steering committee’s progress will be circulated through the committee members’ reports to their sectors, through the BC Agriculture Council, the BC Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture. The next steering committee meeting is tentatively