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Environmental Management Act

Wood Residue Burner and Incinerator Regulation

B.C. Reg. 519/95

NOTE: Links below go to reg content as it was prior to the changes made on the effective date. (PIT covers changes made from September 19, 2009 to present)
SECTIONEFFECTIVE DATE
Section 1 January 13, 2011
April 1, 2018
Section 2 January 13, 2011
March 17, 2017
April 1, 2018
Section 3 January 13, 2011
Schedule 1 January 13, 2011
Schedule 1.1 March 17, 2017
Schedule 2 and 3 January 13, 2011

 Section 1 definitions of "major modification", "opacity". "PM10", "treatment works" and "wood residue incinerator" BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 1/2011, effective January 13, 2011.

"major modification" means any physical change in an existing facility or change in the method of operation which results or may result in increased emissions, in terms of the mass, by greater than 10%;

"opacity" means the degree to which an emission reduces the passage of light or obscures the view of an object in the background, and is expressed numerically from 0 percent (transparent) to 100 percent (opaque);

"PM10" means particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometres;

"treatment works" means abatement equipment that is used for the specific purpose of reducing the release of air contaminants to the atmosphere;

"wood residue incinerator" means a combustion facility which includes combustion controls and particulate collection equipment for the destruction of wood residue but does not include a pulp mill wood-fired boiler, a wood-fired boiler that generates electricity, a beehive burner or an unmodified silo burner.

 Section 1 definition of "fees regulation" BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 46/2018, effective April 1, 2018.

"fees regulation" means B.C. Reg. 299/92, the Permit Fees Regulation;

 Section 2 BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 1/2011, effective January 13, 2011.

 Beehive burners and unmodified silo burners

2  (1)  Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person must not use a beehive burner, unmodified silo burner or modified silo burner to dispose of wood residue.

(2)  A burner facility operator listed in column 1 of Schedule 1 may use a beehive burner or unmodified silo burner to dispose of wood residue until the date set out opposite in Column 2 if

(a) on December 31, 1995, the burner facility operator is authorized to do so by a valid and subsisting permit,

(b) the burner facility operator undertakes to a director to complete the necessary modifications to meet the conditions set out opposite in Column 3 by July 31, 2001, if applicable, and

(c) after July 31, 2001, if applicable, the burner facility is operated using the equipment, practices and operating criteria set out opposite in Column 3.

(2.1)  Despite subsection (2), a permit continues to be required to use a beehive burner or unmodified silo burner and all terms and conditions of the permit apply except where there is a conflict with this regulation, in which case this regulation applies.

(2.2)  Despite subsection (2), a burner facility operator listed in column 1 of Schedule 1 may use a beehive burner, unmodified silo burner, or modified silo burner to dispose of wood residue until June 30, 2005, if the burner facility operator submits to a director, by July 31, 2003, a plan and a schedule for implementation of the plan that specify

(a) equipment improvements or modifications or operational modifications the burner facility operator will undertake to minimize the emissions from the burner facility, and

(b) when the improvements or modifications will be made.

(2.3)  On review of the plan and schedule referred to in subsection (2.2) and consideration of the site specific circumstances, the director, by written notice to the burner facility operator within 30 days of receipt of the plan and schedule, may require changes to the plan and schedule that the director considers necessary to assure adequate pollution prevention and public health protection.

(3)  Subject to subsection (4), a burner facility operator in Column 1 of Schedule 1 may, on application to a director, use a beehive burner or unmodified silo burner to dispose of wood residue on and after the date set out opposite in Column 2 if, in the opinion of the director, the burner facility operator is unable to use an alternative means of disposing of wood residue because of an emergency, labour dispute or work stoppage.

(4)  An application under subsection (3) may be authorized by the director

(a) for a period not exceeding 90 operating days, or

(b) with the approval of the minister, for a period exceeding 90 operating days,

but the authorization terminates when the emergency, labour dispute or work stoppage ends.

(4.1)  Subsections (3) and (4) apply to a burner facility operator listed in Schedule 3.

(5)  A person who is not a burner facility operator listed in Column 1 of Schedule 1 or in Schedule 3 may use a beehive burner or unmodified silo burner if the person is, on December 31, 1995, authorized to do so by a valid and subsisting permit.

(6)  The date in Column 2 of Schedule 1 for a burner facility operator set out opposite in Column 1 is extended to a date not later than December 31, 2004 determined by a director if

(a) the burner facility operator submits a burner phase out plan and schedule to the director,

(b) that plan and schedule demonstrate to the satisfaction of the director that the burner facility operator has entered into agreements to implement alternative methods to use or dispose of the wood residue, and

(c) the director is satisfied that the phase out plan will be implemented by that date.

(7)  On application to the minister, a director may approve, for protection of the environment, the construction and use of a modified silo burner, subject to a requirement that the applicant operate the burner in accordance with a plan and specifications incorporated into and forming a part of a permit issued under section 14 of the Act.

(8)  Despite the fees regulation, for the purposes of determining the fee payable to operate a burner facility by a burner facility operator listed in Column 1 of Schedule 1 or in Schedule 3, the fee per tonne discharged set out in Column 2 of Schedule B of the fees regulation for the Total Particulate in Column 1 of that Schedule is deemed

(a) for the period January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2001 to be $110,

(b) for the period January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2002 to be $120,

(c) for the period January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003 to be $130,

(d) for the period January 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 to be $140, and

(d.1) commencing July 1, 2005 to be $208,

and the fee payable per tonne of discharged total particulate by all other burner facility operators to operate a beehive burner or unmodified silo burner is

(e) $16.30 for the period January 1, 2001 to June 30, 2005, and

(f) $24.21 commencing July 1, 2005.

(9)  For the purposes of subsection (8), the fee must be calculated using the discharge as authorized in the permit or approval.

[am. B.C. Regs. 436/97, s. 2; 480/98, s. 2; 268/2000, s. 1; 17/2001, s. 2; 382/2002, s. 1; 150/2004; 321/2004, s. 33 (c) and (d); 556/2004, ss. (a) to (d).]

 Section 2 (2) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 109/2017, effective March 17, 2017.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), a burner facility operator who holds a permit identified in Schedule 1 may use, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the permit, a burner facility to dispose of wood residue until December 31, 2016.

 Section 2 (8) BEFORE amended by BC Reg 46/2018, effective April 1, 2018.

(8) Despite the fees regulation, the fee payable per tonne of discharged total particulate

(a) by a burner facility operator referred to in subsection (4) (a) is $24.21, and

(b) by a burner facility operator referred to in subsection (4) (b) is $208.

 Section 3 BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 1/2011, effective January 13, 2011.

 Wood residue incinerators

3  (1)  The disposal of wood residue by a wood residue incinerator is exempt from section 6 of the Act if the owner of the wood residue incinerator complies with all of the following conditions:

(a) the owner submits to a director, within 90 days of completion of the construction of or a major modification to the wood residue incinerator, a statement that includes

(i)  the name, mailing address and telephone number of the owner of the wood residue incinerator,

(ii)  the location (street and legal address), mailing address and telephone number of the wood residue incinerator,

(iii)  a description of, and engineering drawings used for construction of, the wood residue incinerator and a site plan which shows all incinerator emission sources,

(iv)  the design wood residue feed rate in tonnes/day, estimated amount of wood residue burned in tonnes/year, flue gas flow rate in m3/hour, air contaminant concentrations in mg/m3, mass flow rates in kg/hour and residual ash quantity in kg/day,

(v)  a description of all discharge sampling facilities and continuous emission monitoring equipment, and

(vi)  the type and quantity of auxiliary fuel used for the wood residue incinerator;

(b) the owner pays in each year to the government, in a manner and on a date specified by the director, a fee, based upon the information supplied as required by paragraph (c), calculated by adding

(i)  the base fee in Column 2 of Schedule "A" of the fees regulation set out opposite the permit type "Air" in Column 1, and

(ii)  the product obtained by multiplying the quantity of contaminant in each year by the unit fee for that contaminant as specified in Schedule "B", "C" or "D" of the fees regulation for the applicable period in Column 2 set out opposite the contaminant in Column 1;

(c) the owner reports, in writing in each year, at least 45 days before the anniversary date of completion of construction of the wood residue incinerator, the information required by paragraph (a) (iv), which information

(i)  has been updated for the purpose of calculating the fee required by paragraph (b), and

(ii)  is acceptable to a director;

(d) the discharge of air contaminants into the atmosphere and the opacity of the stack gas from the wood residue incinerator does not exceed the limits specified in Schedule 2;

(e) the wood residue incinerator discharge stack is monitored in accordance with the requirements specified in Schedule 2;

(f) each person who operates the wood residue incinerator

(i)  records all monitoring and sampling results at the person's normal place of business and maintains a copy of this record for at least 2 years after obtaining these results,

(ii)  produces the record of the monitoring or sampling results for inspection during normal business hours if requested to do so by an officer, and

(iii)  provides a written report, if requested to do so by an officer, in a form and by a date the officer specifies, of the information or any part of the information contained in the record of the monitoring or sampling results;

(g) the owner of the wood residue incinerator ensures that in the event of an emergency or condition beyond the control of the operator which prevents continuing operation of the treatment works, the operator will promptly notify a director and take remedial action acceptable to the director.

(2)  For the purpose of subsection (1) (b), the contaminant loading must be calculated in accordance with the methods prescribed in section 3 (4) of the fees regulation.

[am. B.C. Reg. 321/2004, s. 33 (c) and (e).]

 Schedule 1 BEFORE re-enacted by BC Reg 1/2011, effective January 13, 2011.

Schedule 1

[en. B.C. Reg. 556/2004, s. (e)]

Column 1
Burner Facility Operator
and Location
Column 2
Date
Column 3
Conditions
1Canadian Forest Products Limited, Fort St. JohnDec. 31, 2007Operator will review need to upgrade burner to continuous fuel feed (one start-up per week) with Manager by December 31, 2002.
2Canadian Forest Products Limited, Bear LakeDec. 31, 2007
3Canadian Forest Products Limited, HoustonDec. 31, 2007Burner upgrade to continuous feed and residue diversion to allow burner shutdown for a period of up to 5 operating days. Install webcam to monitor burner only, with viewing access restricted to Manager.
4Continental Pole, PembertonDec. 31, 2007
5Downie Timber Ltd., RevelstokeDec. 31, 2007
6Houston Forest Products Company, HoustonDec. 31, 2007Burner upgrade to continuous feed and residue diversion to allow burner shutdown for a period of up to 5 operating days. Install webcam to monitor burner only, with viewing access restricted to Manager.
7Joe Kozek Sawmills Ltd., RevelstokeDec. 31, 2007
8Quesnel Waste Disposal Ltd., QuesnelDec. 31, 2007
9Slocan Group, ValemountDec. 31, 2007Must maintain current operating conditions.
10Tolko Industries Ltd., LavingtonDec. 31, 2007Install fuel metering system and white wood separation system, upgrade dust collection systems and operate as community burner.
11West Fraser Mills Ltd., SmithersDec. 31, 2007

 Schedule 1.1 was enacted by BC Reg 109/2017, effective March 17, 2017.

 Schedule 2 BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 1/2011, effective January 13, 2011.

Schedule 2

[am. B.C. Regs. 436/97, s. 4; 109/2002, s. 1.]

Emission Monitoring and Limits for Wood Residue Incinerators

ParameterTotal
Particulates
OpacityParticle Size,
O2, CO2
Incinerator Capacity
tonnes/hour
(at 40% Moisture)Less
than 50
50 or GreaterLess
than 50
50 or GreaterLess
than 50
50 or
Greater
Emission
Limits
Limit120mg/m3150mg/m3115%15%
Average
Time
1 hour1 hour6 minutes6 minutes
Emission MonitoringContinuous Stack
Monitor2
5Yes6Yes3,5Yes3,6NoNo
Manual
Sampling7,8
Once per
year5
6Once
per
year
Once
per
year
Certified Observer4Once per hour5
1.Reference conditions of 20° C, 101.325 kPa, and dry gas concentration corrected to flue gas oxygen concentration of 8% by volume.
2.All continuous emission monitors must be approved by a director before installation.
3.Opacity monitors must comply with Specifications and Test Procedures for Opacity Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems in Stationary Sources, Performance Specification 1, 40 CFR Part 60, Appendix B of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
4."Certified Observer" means a person who is certified in accordance with the Source Testing Code for the Visual Measurement of the Opacity of Emissions from Stationary Sources, prepared by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection.
5.Either continuous opacity or continuous total particulate monitoring, or manual particulate sampling plus certified observer monitoring, are acceptable.
6.Either continuous opacity monitoring plus once per quarter manual sampling for total particulates, or continuous total particulate monitoring, is acceptable. If continuous total particulate monitoring is used the manual total particulate sampling frequency is reduced to once per year.
7.Each wood residue incinerator discharge must be equipped with manual source sampling facilities and sampled in accordance with the Stationary Emission Testing Code prepared by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection.
8.The following information is collected in conjunction with any manual sampling surveys:
(i) the discharge flow rate;
(ii) a particle size distribution analysis for particulates;
(iii) the concentration and mass flow rate of total particulates, PM10, oxygen and carbon dioxide;
(iv) the ratio in kilograms per tonne of total particulates and PM10 to the amount of wood residue burned.

 Schedule 3 BEFORE repealed by BC Reg 1/2011, effective January 13, 2011.

Schedule 3

[en. B.C Reg. 17/2001, s. 3; am. B.C. Regs. 321/2004, s. 33 (h); 556/2004, ss. (f) and (g).]

Burner Facility Operator and Location

0.1Atco Lumber Ltd., Fruitvale
1B.J. Carney And Company Limited, Sicamous
2Canada Cedar Pole Preservers Limited, Galloway
3Canadian Forest Products Limited, Chetwynd
4Canadian Forest Products Limited, Prince George
4.1Canadian Forest Products Limited, Taylor
5Carrier Lumber Ltd., (Sawmill), Prince George
6Carrier Lumber Ltd., (Planermill), Prince George
7Cascade Cedar Ltd., Revelstoke
8Columbia River Shake & Shingle Ltd., Nakusp
9Confederate Shake & Shingle, Lake Cowichan
10Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd., Meadow Creek
11Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd., Cranbrook
12D.G. Logging Ltd., Maple Ridge
12.1Galloway Lumber Co. Ltd., Galloway
13General Cedar Products Limited, Mission
14Gilbert Smith Forest Products Limited, Barriere
15Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., Lumby
16Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., Westbank
17Greenwood Forest Products (1983) Ltd., Penticton
18J.H. Huscroft Limited, Creston
18.1J.S. Jones Holdings Ltd., Boston Bar
19Jaguar Shake Co. Ltd., Abbotsford
20Kitwanga Lumber Co. Ltd., Kitwanga
21L and M Lumber Ltd., Vanderhoof
22Lakeside Timber Ltd., Tappen
23Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd., Dawson Creek
23.1Lytton Lumber Ltd., Lytton
24Mardan Enterprises Ltd., Enderby
24.1Meadow Creek Cedar Ltd., Kaslo
25Mission Shake & Shingle Ltd., Mission
26Nechako Lumber Co. Ltd., Vanderhoof
27NMV Lumber Ltd., Merritt
28North Enderby Timber Ltd., Grindrod
28.1North Star Planing Co. Ltd., Invermere
29Pacific Pallet Ltd., Aldergrove
30Paragon Ventures Ltd., Grindrod
31Pine Creek Sawmills Ltd., Smithers
32Pope & Talbot Ltd., Grand Forks
33Pope & Talbot Ltd., Midway
34Premium Cedar Products Limited, Mission
35Quenco Cedar Industries Ltd., Lake Cowichan
36Quesnel Waste Disposal Ltd., Quesnel
37Repap Smithers Inc., Smithers
37.1Riverside Forest Products Ltd., Lumby
38Riverside Shingle Products, Maple Ridge
39Robson Valley Shake and Shingle Ltd., Valemount
40Rustad Bros. and Co. Ltd. (P.G. Wood Division), Prince George
41Seel Forest Products Ltd., Edgewater
42Serpentine Cedar Ltd., Langley
43Skeena Cellulose Inc., New Hazelton
44Ski Lumber, Valemount
44.1Slocan Group, Radium Hot Springs
44.2Slocan Group, Slocan City
45Stella-Jones Inc., Prince George
46TimberWest Forest Limited, Williams Lake
47Trans North Timber, Fort Nelson
48T.R.C. Cedar Limited, McBride
49Vanderhoof Specialty Wood Products, Vanderhoof
50Veenstra Sawmills Ltd., Smithers
51Weldwood of Canada Limited, Quesnel
52West Fraser Mills Limited, Williams Lake
53West Hill Lumber (1988) Ltd., Prince George
54Wynndel Box & Lumber Company Limited, Wynndel