On December 6, 2007, the MOE proposed a new regulation under the Ontario Water Resources Act that would further limit the total phosphorus loadings that sewage treatment facilities are allowed to discharge into the Lake Simcoe Basin. This regulation would impose a rolling 12-month phosphorus loading limit on these discharges from the day the regulation is brought into force until March 31, 2009, after which the provincial government plans to implement a strategy for regulating both point and nonpoint sources. Reportedly, fourteen existing municipal and one existing industrial sewage treatment plant would be immediately affected by the regulation, which would also prohibit new sewage treatment facilities that would cause increased phosphorous loadings to the basin. The regulation would also require certain new stormwater management facilities to be built according to the highest protection level specified in the MOE’s Stormwater Management Planning and Design Manual. Comments regarding the proposed regulation may be made until February 4, 2008. For more information, see www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEBExternal/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTAyMjIx&statusId=MTUyODI2&language=en.
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