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Canadian Government Proposes New Emissions Rules

Posted on June 4, 2014

The government of Canada is proposing strict new emissions rules that will cover a range of sources, including stationary engines. The proposed Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations impose mandatory national performance standards on specific sector/equipment groups in order to establish consistent emissions limits for regulated industries across the country.

The proposed regulations include requirements for stationary spark-ignition gas-fired engines used in gas compression and power generation, as well as non-utility boilers and heaters and the cement manufacturing sector.

“These proposed regulations will establish — for the first time ever — mandatory national emissions standards for major industries across the country,” said Leona Aglukkaq, Canandian Minister of the Environment. “It will happen gradually to allow industry time to adjust.

“These regulations will result in a reduction of nitrogen oxides in the air we breathe equivalent to removing four million cars from the road. Canadians will also see real health benefits from lower levels of smog, and better air quality overall.”

Stationary engines covered by the proposed regulations burn gaseous fuels and are typically used for gas compression in the upstream oil and gas sector (such as moving gas through pipelines), but can also be used for other purposes, such as back-up power generators for emergencies or in remote locations, the government said.

The proposed regulations would impose performance standards for both new and existing engines. The performance standards for new and existing engines are expected to reduce NOx emissions by about 1.8 megatonnes between 2013 and 2035.

Last year, the Canadian government announced new Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and particulate matter that will align transportation-related air pollutant emission standards with the EPA Tier 3 emissions standards in the U.S.