Latest updates to Ontario’s Air Dispersion Models

Just in from the MOECC...

As per the pre-notification sent out on October 2, 2017, please note that the ministry adopted the updated air dispersion model versions today!

 Latest updates to Ontario’s Air Dispersion Models

On April 4, 2018, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change adopted updated versions of United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) AERMOD/AERMET and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) air dispersion models under O.Reg. 419/05.

For more information on the updated air dispersion models, please refer to the Information Notice on the Environmental Registry Number 013-2472.

What Tamar has to say about receiving the Paul G. Complin Memorial Scholarship

Tamar Richards-Thomas is another one of our 2018 Scholarship Recipients.  See her letter below, where she expresses her sincere gratitude and thanks.

Dear Sir or Madame:

I express my sincere gratitude to everyone who organized and make AWMA Paul Complin Memorial Scholarship Dinner a great success. I am very humbled and elated to be one of the three recipients of the AWMA Paul Complin Memorial Scholarship 2018. This event was a great opportunity to network and meet other students in the field as well as professional members of AWMA.

Paul Complin who served selflessly to make this organization and award possible is an inspiration to all of us to continue his work. Paul Complin is also an inspiration to me because of his work related to air quality issues and its impact on the environment. This inspiration is another reason I want to continue my studies in the field of air quality as it relates to dust processes.

Again, thanks for your generosity and support. I am happy to be one of the recipients of the AWMA Paul Complin Memorial Scholarship 2018.

Tamar Richards-Thomas
AWMA Scholarship Recipient 2018

A note from one of our Scholarship Winners....

To Everyone on the AWMA board, and those involved in organizing and sponsoring the Paul G. Complin Memorial Scholarship,

Thank you for all of your time and effort involved in organizing the scholarship; it was a great experience to meet so many students and professionals working towards a sustainable future. Thank you as well for your generosity in hosting the event and providing prizes to award winners; I am extremely grateful for the recognition and I thank you for supporting my decisions to pursue a career in the environmental field. 

As I transition back to working life after my masters I will be sure to take an active role in the AWMA; your organization embodies the motto of "lift as you climb" and I look forward to supporting the next generation of students and innovators.

Thank you once again for your support. I look forward to crossing paths in the future.

Chris Hey
2018 Paul G. Complin Memorial Scholarship Recipient

MOECC updates the Sulphur Dioxide Air Standard

As announced on the Environmental  Registry of Ontario, on March 20, 2018, the MOECC has updated the sulphur dioxide air standards and introduced Upper Risk Thresholds as part of the regulatory framework to better protect human health and the environment.  In addition, they have clarified requirements in the regulation for assessing operating conditions with a focus on addressing emissions of contaminants during transitional operating conditions (TOC) and added a tool to require incident modelling of industrial facilities.

The updates the air standards for sulphur dioxide are as follows:

  • A 1-hour average air standard of 100 micrograms per cubic metre of air (μg/m³) for sulphur dioxide, based on respiratory morbidity associated with exposure to this substance
  • An annual average air standard of 10 μg/m³ for sulphur dioxide, based on vegetation damage with exposure to this substance

Click HERE to access the decision details.

2018 Paul G. Complin Scholarship | And the winner is....

Announcing the 2018
Paul G. Complin Scholarship Recipients

  • Chris Hey – Carleton Universtity  
  • Dean Alexander Kennedy – Ottawa University
  • Tamar Richards-Thomas – Trent University
  L-R: Chris Hey, Dean Kennedy, Tamar Richards-Thomas with Betty-Ann Complin

L-R: Chris Hey, Dean Kennedy, Tamar Richards-Thomas with Betty-Ann Complin

 

Announcing the 2018
Paul G. Complin Memorial Scholarship Finalists

  • Chris Hey – Carleton Universtity 
  • Christopher Panaritis – Ottawa University
  • Dean Alexander Kennedy – Ottawa University
  • Servatius Bismandidio Ardinugroho – Ottawa University
  • Tamar Richards-Thomas – Trent University
  • Ye Zhao – Ottawa University
  L-R: Chris Hey, Christopher Panaritis, Dean Kennedy, Servatius Ardinugroho, Tamar Richards-Thomas, Ye Zhao with Betty-Ann Complin

L-R: Chris Hey, Christopher Panaritis, Dean Kennedy, Servatius Ardinugroho, Tamar Richards-Thomas, Ye Zhao with Betty-Ann Complin