B.C. Air Quality

Air Quality Regulations

N.B. The information about the legislation below is for private study or research purposes only. For information on how to obtain the official printed versions of B.C.'s statutes, see BC Laws; Frequently Asked Questions (Queen's Printer).

The Environmental Management Act and the Waste Discharge Regulation are the fundamental pieces of legislation for air quality in British Columbia. See Summary of Air Quality Legislation for more information.

Regulations by Topic

Regulations by Title

Environmental Data

Industrial Emissions

Ozone Depletion

Smoke and Burning

Vehicle and Fuels Emissions

Asphalt Plant Regulation

Agricultural Waste Control Regulation

Cleaner Gasoline Regulation

Environmental Data Quality Assurance Regulation

Gasoline Vapour Control Regulation

Motor Vehicle Emissions Control Warranty Regulation

Oil and Gas Waste Regulation

Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation

Ozone Depleting Substances and Other Halocarbons Regulation

Sulphur Content of Fuel Regulation

Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation

Wood Residue Burner and Incinerator Regulation


Climate Change Legislation

See Legislation and Regulations, on the Ministry of Environment's website. Since air quality and climate change are interrelated, this legislation will help decrease emissions that contribute to air pollution.

 

Environmental Data

Environmental Data Quality Assurance Regulation
August 1990

This regulation requires laboratories to register and participate in proficiency-testing studies in order to receive a laboratory certificate of proficiency

Industrial Emissions

Asphalt Plant Regulation
June 1997

The Asphalt Plant Regulation sets safe environmental limits for asphalts plants, and moves away from the previous practice of making a separate permit for each asphalt plant.

Oil and Gas Waste Regulation
July 2005, amended July 2006

This regulation applies to small discharges from the oil and gas industry's drilling and production activities. The regulation authorizes some very small discharges unconditionally and sets out discharge and registration requirements for others. Permits or approvals are still required for large facilities. For more information, see Industrial Waste: Oil and Gas Regulation.

Sulphur Content of Fuel Regulation
March 1989

The Sulphur Content of Fuel Regulation sets the allowable content of sulphur in all fuel in British Columbia.

Ozone Depletion

Ozone Depleting Substances and Other Halocarbons Regulation
February 1993, amended November 1999 and July 2004

This regulation prohibits the release of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) stored in products and equipment. It is also intended to encourage consumers and industry to use environmentally safe alternatives. The regulation covers CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs, PFCs, halons, methyl chloroform and carbon tetrachloride. For more details, see What Governments are Doing about Ozone Depletion. The Ozone Depleting Substances and Other Halocarbons Regulation meshes with national efforts to control the import, manufacture, use, sale and export of ODS.

Smoke and Burning

Agricultural Waste Control Regulation (will be reviewed and revised)

This regulation establishes practices for using, storing and managing agricultural waste in an an environmentally sound manner. The Province is going to amend the regulation to establish consistent emission limits for wood-fired agricultural boilers (e.g., greenhouses). The standards will be fully phased in by September 2010. See B.C. Gets Tough on Agricultural Boiler Emissions. The new agricultural boiler standards are substantially harmonized with Metro Vancouver’s recently adopted Agricultural Boilers Emission Regulation Bylaw (PDF: 8 pages)

Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (being reviewed and revised)
April 1993, amended 1998, 2000

The Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation is meant to encourage the reduction and reuse of vegetative debris from these operations, whenever possible. The Ministry of Environment is reviewing and revising this regulation. See Proposed Changes to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. In addition, see A Guide to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation.

Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation
August 1994

This regulation specifies particulate emission limits, and labeling and testing requirements, for new solid-fuel (wood) stoves, fireplace inserts and factory-built fireplaces manufactured after November 1, 1994. The Ministry of Environment is reviewing and revising this regulation. See Proposed Changes to the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation.

Wood Residue Burner and Incinerator Regulation
December 1995, includes amendments up to 2004

Under this regulation, beehive (wood-residue) burners in populated areas (Tier 1) were to be shut down by the end of 2007. B.C.'s Air Action Plan includes a commitment to taking action on the remaining beehive burners starting in 2010 (action #19). Eliminating these inefficient burners, which frequently cast palls of smoke over many valleys, will lead to cleaner air in many regions.

Vehicle and Fuel Emissions

Cleaner Gasoline Regulation
December 1995

The Cleaner Gasoline Regulation establishes standards for gasoline that will significantly reduce emissions of harmful pollutants, such as volatile organics, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and toxics.

Gasoline Vapour Control Regulation
May 1995

This regulation requires the installation and use of gasoline-vapour control systems at service stations, bulk-gasoline storage plants, gasoline terminals and on truck cargo tankers. These systems are designed to prevent the escape of gasoline vapours into the atmosphere during the transfer of gasoline between fuel storage tanks and cargo tankers.

Motor Vehicle Emissions Control Warranty Regulation
April 1996

This prohibits the sale or the making available for sale, of a motor vehicle in British Columbia unless the manufacturer promises to fix the vehicle free of charge if there are defects in materials or workmanship that cause the vehicle to fail emission standards, or the vehicle fails AirCare.

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