Ministry of the Environment Meeting on Air Quality
On May 19, 2011, City of Mississauga staff met with staff from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), the Town of Oakville, Peel Public Health and Halton Public Health. This was the second meeting City staff has had with the MOE to discuss the proposed new air zone management system. MOE staff had also met once separately with Town of Oakville staff to solicit their perspective on further work on a potential pilot air zone management system for the Oakville-Clarkson area.
Purpose of the Meeting
For the MOE to present what they see as the next steps based on discussions they had with the City of Mississauga, the Town of Oakville, (and potentially other stakeholders) on how to work together on air zone management and our interest in using the Oakville-Clarkson airshed as a pilot project for a Provincial air zone management protocol.
The MOE presented a new proposal to the members of the group which was essentially to establish an Advisory Group (made up of key stakeholders) to further work on a pilot air zone management system. MOE staff were not able to provide details at this time on the mandate and scope of this proposed advisory group. However, the MOE did confirm that work is progressing between the Province and the Federal Government on the development of the Canadian Air Management System.
Municipal and Public Health Staff Response
Those in attendance from the City of Mississauga, Town of Oakville, Peel Public Health and Halton Public Health requested further clarification regarding the MOE’s proposal, including:
– the purpose of the proposed Advisory Committee;
– who the Advisory Committee would be advising, and on what; and
– whether this committee would have official status with the province in terms of reporting obligations etc.
Mississauga and Oakville staff urged MOE staff that if they are going to establish a new group that they set up an Action Committee not an Advisory Committee. Staff also asked the MOE to prepare a brief status update for the public. The MOE will consider updating the MOE – Southwest GTA Air website with a 1 page fact sheet.
In the meantime, City staff continue to push the province to take the lead on developing an Airshed Management program including an Oakville-Clarkson airshed pilot project.
City staff are continuing to implement the actions identified for municipalities in the Southwest Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Oakville-Clarkson Airshed Action Plan.
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