As part of the Ontario government’s pledge to ensure clean, safe drinking water throughout the province, public consultation meetings on a second round of regulations under the Nutrient Management Act were launched on November 26, 2002. The legislation and its regulations aim to provide clear, consistent standards for agricultural practices that impact upon the environment, especially as they relate to land-applied materials containing nutrients.
The first stage consultations dealt with content requirements of nutrient management plans, and the categories of livestock operations that will be required to prepare these plans. The second stage consultations will deal with various requirements, including: categories of livestock, municipal and industrial generators of materials containing nutrients; quality standards for nutrients applied on land or near wells; roles and responsibilities of local advisory committees; and training and certification for anyone who prepares nutrient management plans and strategies.
For more information, visit www.ene.gov.on.ca