Item - 2013.PW27.8

Tracking Status

PW27.8 - Sewers By-law Pollution Prevention (P2) Program and Hexavalent Chromium Stakeholder Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 16, 17 and 18, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council amend §681-5-H in the draft By-law attached as Appendix A to the report (November 5, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water, by adding after the words "shall submit a plan update", the words "incorporating the items set out in §681-5 C.(2)", so that the section reads as follows:

 

"H.       Every subject sector industry and every industry discharging a subject pollutant shall submit a plan update incorporating the items set out in §681-5 C.(2) for the approval of the General Manager by the end of the third year from the date which the plan was required to be submitted. Such plan update shall, in addition to the requirements otherwise set out in this article, detail and evaluate the progress of the industry to accomplish the objectives set out in its plan and the industry’s ability to accomplish those pollution prevention objectives."

 

2.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 681-Sewers substantially in accordance with the draft By-law attached as Appendix "A" to the report (November 5, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water, as amended by Part 1 above.

 

3.         City Council direct that stakeholder consultations be conducted throughout 2014 regarding the proposed changes to the Pollution Prevention Program in relation to the:

 

a.         creation of a subject pollutant threshold reporting list;

 

b.         proposed changes to dental office Pollution Prevention submission requirements;

 

c.         addition of a Best Management Practice for restaurants with the requirement to adhere to the Canadian Standard Association's B481 Standard for grease interceptor maintenance in the Sewers By-law;

 

d.         addition of a new Best Management Practice for the automotive refinishing sector; and

 

e.         addition of a new Best Management Practice for mobile washing business operations (including vehicle washing, graffiti removal power washing, etc).

 

4.         City Council direct the General Manager, Toronto Water to report back in late 2015 with suggested recommendations following its stakeholder consultations.

 

5.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, in consultation with the Ministry of Environment, industry trade groups, and manufactures, on regulatory measures which can be implemented to deal with products described as disposable or flushable which do not breakdown in our sanitary system and as a result cause substantial financial burden as a result of clogging.

 

6.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on the benefits of monitoring levels of hexavalent chromium in drinking water, and also on the implications of not setting a safe content level for hexavalent chromium in drinking water.

Background Information (Committee)

(November 5, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Sewers By-law Pollution Prevention (P2) Program and Hexavalent Chromium Stakeholder Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-63502.pdf
(November 5, 2013) Appendix A - Draft Amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 681 - Sewers, and Appendix B - Pollution Prevention (P2) Program Successes
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-63706.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 18, 2013) Letter from Fred Granek, President, Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2) (PW.New.PW27.8.1)
(November 20, 2013) E-mail from Karen Buck (PW.New.PW27.8.2)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, in consultation with the Ministry of Environment, industry trade groups, and manufactures, on regulatory measures which can be implemented to deal with products described as disposable or flushable which do not breakdown in our sanitary system and as a result cause substantial financial burden as a result of clogging.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on benefits of monitoring levels of Hexavalent Chromium in drinking water, and also on the implications of not setting a safe content level for Hexavalent Chromium in drinking water.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-18-2013 2:08 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW27.8 - Ainslie - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 19 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, John Parker, Jaye Robinson, Kristyn Wong-Tam

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-18-2013 2:09 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW27.8 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 19 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Pam McConnell, Ron Moeser, John Parker, Jaye Robinson, Kristyn Wong-Tam

PW27.8 - Sewers By-law Pollution Prevention (P2) Program and Hexavalent Chromium Stakeholder Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council amend §681-5-H in the draft by-law attached as Appendix A to the report (November 5, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water, by adding after the words "shall submit a plan update", the words "incorporating the items set out in §681-5 C.(2)", so that the section reads as follows:

 

"H.       Every subject sector industry and every industry discharging a subject pollutant shall submit a plan update incorporating the items set out in §681-5 C.(2) for the approval of the General Manager by the end of the third year from the date which the plan was required to be submitted. Such plan update shall, in addition to the requirements otherwise set out in this article, detail and evaluate the progress of the industry to accomplish the objectives set out in its plan and the industry’s ability to accomplish those pollution prevention objectives."

 

2.         City Council amend Municipal Code Chapter 681-Sewers substantially in accordance with the draft By-law attached as Appendix "A" to the report (November 5, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water, as amended by Recommendation 1 above.

 

3.         City Council direct that stakeholder consultations be conducted throughout 2014 regarding the proposed changes to the Pollution Prevention Program in relation to the:

 

a.         Creation of a subject pollutant threshold reporting list;

 

b.         Proposed changes to dental office Pollution Prevention submission requirements;

 

c.         Addition of a Best Management Practice for restaurants with the requirement to adhere to the Canadian Standard Association's B481 Standard for grease interceptor maintenance in the Sewers By-law;

 

d.         Addition of a new Best Management Practice for the automotive refinishing sector; and

 

e.         Addition of a new Best Management Practice for mobile washing business operations (including vehicle washing, graffiti removal power washing, etc).

 

4.         City Council direct staff to report back in late 2015 with suggested recommendations following its stakeholder consultations.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee requested the General Manager, Toronto Water, to report to the March 4, 2014 Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on a risk-based program to report the performance of all 38 subject pollutants covered by the Sewers By-law.

Origin

(November 5, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water

Summary

This report provides the summary of the successes, challenges, and proposed future direction of the Pollution Prevention ("P2") program under Municipal Code Chapter 681-Sewers (the “Sewers By-law”) as requested by City Council.

 

The report recommends amendments to the P2 Planning process and submission requirements.

 

The report also recommends inclusion of hexavalent chromium in the list of subject pollutants for P2 Planning and Reporting, and provides a summary of the stakeholder consultation in connection with that recommendation.

Background Information

(November 5, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Toronto Water, on Sewers By-law Pollution Prevention (P2) Program and Hexavalent Chromium Stakeholder Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-63502.pdf
(November 5, 2013) Appendix A - Draft Amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 681 - Sewers, and Appendix B - Pollution Prevention (P2) Program Successes
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-63706.pdf

Communications

(November 18, 2013) Letter from Fred Granek, President, Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2) (PW.New.PW27.8.1)
(November 20, 2013) E-mail from Karen Buck (PW.New.PW27.8.2)

Speakers

Heather Marshall, DeTOx Toronto Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Fred Granek, President, Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention
Councillor Gord Perks

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to report to the March 4, 2014 Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on a risk-based program to report the performance of all 38 subject pollutants covered by the Sewers By-law.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

City Council amend §681-5-H in the draft by-law attached as Appendix A to the report (November 5, 2013) from the General Manager, Toronto Water, by adding after the words "shall submit a plan update", the words "incorporating the items set out in §681-5 C.(2)", so that the section reads as follows:

 

"H.       Every subject sector industry and every industry discharging a subject pollutant shall submit a plan update incorporating the items set out in §681-5 C.(2) for the approval of the General Manager by the end of the third year from the date which the plan was required to be submitted. Such plan update shall, in addition to the requirements otherwise set out in this article, detail and evaluate the progress of the industry to accomplish the objectives set out in its plan and the industry’s ability to accomplish those pollution prevention objectives."


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council