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Emission Standards, Policies and Guidelines
Sources are regulated to minimize emissions and ensure that ambient air quality is maintained within ambient air quality objectives.
Industrial Release Limits Policy
The following policy outlines the approach for developing industrial release limits for approvals under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act:
Base-Level Industrial Emissions Requirements (BLIERs) Policy
Alberta Environment and Protected Areas regulates emissions either directly or in conjunction with other agencies based on the industrial sector.
The Base-Level Industrial Emissions Requirements (BLIERs) Policy provides policy clarity to staff with signing authority – along with those involved in developing provincial requirements and industrial approvals – on how BLIERs are applied within Alberta.
- Application and Use of the National Base-Level Industrial Emissions Requirements (BLIERs) Within the Alberta Regulatory and Policy System
Energy and Utilities Sector
- Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
The AER regulates the development of Alberta's energy resources.
- Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)
The AUC regulates Alberta's investor-owned utilities.
In any proposed project requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, the Alberta government and the AER work together to ensure the report contains all necessary and required information.
For more information, see:
- AER - Acts, Regulations & Rules
- Alberta Air Emission Standards for Electricity Generation and Alberta Air Emission Guidelines for Electricity Generation
Natural Resources Sector
The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) regulates natural resource development projects and agricultural confined feeding operations. If the project requires an EIA report, the NRCB works with the Alberta government to ensure the report provides the information required.
- Emission Guidelines for Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) for New Boilers, Heaters and Turbines Using Gaseous Fuels Based on a Review of Best Available Technology Economically Achievable (BATEA)
- Guidance on Air Emissions and Monitoring Requirements during Combustion of Non-Gaseous Fuels
- Guidelines for the Location of Stationary Bulk Ammonia Storage Facilities
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