CMM adopts two new regulations on air quality

The CMM adopts two new air quality regulations

Factory and refinery chimneys in Montreal East./Josie Desmarais/Métro

The Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM) announced the adoption of two regulations aimed at improving air quality on the island of Montreal, including one that comes into effect today .

These new regulations consist of amendments to Regulation 2001-10 concerning discharges into the atmosphere and the delegation of its application. Bearing the numbers 2022-99 and 2022-100, these replace regulation 2022-98 and remove certain ambiguities as to the sampling and calculation methods which have led to disputes or sparked interpretation debates before the courts over the years. years.

The mayor of the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Caroline Bourgeois, reacted to these new regulations which will necessarily affect the Sanimax plant.

“The regulatory changes target all companies on the territory of the agglomeration, including Sanimax. Requiring that all activities related to the storage of animal matter intended for a rendering plant take place in a building, therefore prohibiting any form of preservation of animal matter outside a building, should have a very positive impact for the community of Rivière-des-Prairies.”

“I am very satisfied with the changes made to the by-law, which will allow us to better protect air quality for the population, said Mayor Valérie Plante in a press release. Although several companies were already complying with the old version of the regulation and will not be impacted by these modifications, it had become essential to reduce the ambiguity of the regulation to ensure better control of emissions into the atmosphere. These gains reflect our commitment to defend the quality of life of citizens and public health in our territories.”

The CMM and the City of Montreal will hold a public information session on December 13 to explain the new regulations and answer questions from citizens and businesses.

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