Comments on Certificate of Approval application

Deadline extended to Thursday evening June 9. The EBR Registry site was unavailable due to maintenance over the weekend, thus making it difficult to get information.

Please read and take action before the (new) deadline.

Durham and York Regions have applied for Certificates of Approval (C of A) that would allow the proposed incinerator in Courtice to be built and operated. In effect, the C of A can be considered a "license to pollute" issued by the Ministry of the Environment, specifying how much of what pollutants can be released, and how the incinerator is to be operated. This is a legally enforceable document therefore it is important that it be correct and protective of human health and the natural environment.

In our opinion, there are serious inconsistencies between the air emissions upon which Environmental Assessment approval was based and what is proposed in the C of A applications. For this and other reasons cited below, we will be asking the Ministry of the Environment to reject the applications.

We have identified some major concerns to date (see attached document) which we will be submitting to the Ministry. The MOE needs to hear from as many concerned citizens as possible. We urge everyone to submit their own comments to the Ministry of the Environment. Your comments matter.

Submit your comments as shown below to the Ministry's Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) registry site. Be sure to state the EBR Registry Number: 011-2709. The letter should not be a form letter - it is going to Ministry officials, not the Minister himself.

Submit comments by email by Sunday, June 5, 11:59 p.m. to

The link for the EBR posting is:

To recap:

  • You must quote the EBR Registry Number 011-2709 for your comments to be accepted. They will be ignored if it's missing.
  • Not a form letter. Use a few of the points listed in the attachment with a few lines for a personalized introduction.
  • Email by Sunday, June 5, 11:59 p.m. to
Final - List Comments on CofA .pdf135.71 KB

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