Date: April 23, 2018 

Topic: Air Quality in Ontario Report – Refining Sector


Issue Statement:

Canadian Fuels members operating in Ontario are pleased to contribute to the province’s ongoing improvements to air quality. The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) reports air quality in Ontario has improved significantly over the past 10 years due to substantial decrease in pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide.
 
Ontario refinery emissions of conventional air pollutants have markedly decreased since 2007: SOx↓50%, NOx↓24%, VOCs↓23%, PM2.5↓40%, CO↓40%, and Benzene↓15% (i).
 
In the Sarnia-Lambton region of Ontario, home to the majority of the province’s refining sector, the MOECC reports total emissions of NOx and SO2 in the Sarnia area are down 25% and 70% respectively since 2007(ii). Canadian Fuels members will continue to meet or exceed facility air emissions caps, and support Ontario’s new air standards for Sulphur Dioxide approved in March 2018.
 
Canadian Fuels members operating in the region are also members of the Clean Air Sarnia and Area initiative, an air monitoring and reporting system providing real-time 24-hour air quality data to the public from seven monitoring stations in the area.