Applying the Industrial Waste Reduction Program (PPRI) to the mining sector: ministère de l'Environnement policies and progress report
Symposium Rouyn-Noranda 2002
In 1988, the Quebec Government decided to launch an integrated program to reduce industrial pollution; aiming for a reduction of waste into the aquatic and atmospheric environments and a reduction of residual wastes. This program called Programme de reduction des rejets industriels or PPRI [Industrial Waste Reduction Program] is translated into facts by the issuance of a depollution attestation to companies belonging to the main industrial sectors active in Quebec.
The depollution attestation is akin to an individual operating licence comparable to that found in several industrialized countries. This new permit will become operative in stages. The pulp and paper industry was first targeted and, since May 2002, it is the mining and metallurgy sector's turn.
The first part of the presentation will situate the depollution attestation with regards to the permits already existing in various industrialized countries. In the second part, the main characteristics of the depollution attestation and the procedure for the deliverance of the attestation will be reviewed. Finally, in the third part of the presentation, we will show how the depollution attestation will be applied to the mining sector; we will also present a progress report of the situation for autumn 2002.