OSSGA recommends changes to Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2016
November 24, 2016 - Bill 39 is "enabling" legislation that will provide new powers to the Minister, with the details of those powers to be addressed through regulation, standards and policies to be developed at a later date. Given this phased approach, OSSGA’s submission proposes changes to the legislation to include language and enough detail to help forestall any unintended consequences in the future.
OSSGA’s top three recommendations were to:
•Amend section 62.4 of Bill 39 to remove the ability to require studies and reports to be submitted of existing licensees, and failing that, place conditions on when MNRF can do so
•Ensure the definition of aggregate in section 71.1 be amended to clearly state that it is the amount of aggregate extracted from a site that counts towards the tonnage limit (thereby not including recycled or other material in the count)
•Delete “adequate” in Bill 39 when referring to Aboriginal Consultation.
Bill 39 was referred to the Justice Committee after second reading. It initially appeared that hearings would be held on the Bill as early as this week, however it now seems more likely that committee hearings will take place in the New Year. We will keep you up to date.
In total, OSSGA made more than 25 recommendations regarding the Bill. Read the full submission by clicking here.
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