Supreme Court considers Chevron leave to appeal; fraudulent Ecuador judgment re pollution
Donziger and his team "wrote the [Ecuadorian] court's Judgment themselves and promised $500,000 to the Ecuadorian judge to rule in their favor and sign their judgment."Continue reading the post titled Supreme Court considers Chevron leave to appeal; fraudulent Ecuador judgment re pollution
New Ontario Invasive Species law posted for comment
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources is inviting “constructive” comments by by April 14, 2014 on its proposed new Invasive Species Act. The proposed Invasive Species law would make Ontario the first jurisdiction in Canada with stand-alone invasive species legislation. I…Continue reading the post titled New Ontario Invasive Species law posted for comment
Save monarch butterflies: plant milkweed. Now it will be legal
Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) is proposing an amendment to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 1096 – General (the Regulation) in order to update the Schedule of Noxious Weeds. This long overdue proposal would remove milkweed spp. (scientific name Asclepias spp.) from the…Continue reading the post titled Save monarch butterflies: plant milkweed. Now it will be legal
Things we wish judges knew about environmental offences by directors
Dianne Saxe had a precious opportunity to tell judges what we wish they knew about environmental offences by directors and and officers, particularly in relation to sentencing. Our bottom lines: Fairness, Good Science, and the real differences between Foresight and Hindsight. It is rarely co…Continue reading the post titled Things we wish judges knew about environmental offences by directors
More on lead paint cleanup ordered in California
Last month, we gave brief highlights of a landmark lead paint liability case in California. Here is a more detailed analysis, prepared for the excellent legal blog SLAW. The California Superior Court has held three of five paint companies liable for a lead paint cleanup on the ground of publ…Continue reading the post titled More on lead paint cleanup ordered in California
Waste Diversion, monopolies and competition on packaging waste
The Recycling Council of Ontario’s annual meeting February 4 began with an electrifying presentation on the huge cost savings that resulted from the German anti-trust bureau breaking up its stewardship organization’s monopoly on processing packaging waste (the majority of our blu…Continue reading the post titled Waste Diversion, monopolies and competition on packaging waste
Are common industrial chemicals developmental neurotoxins?
Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children—such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia—according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Th…Continue reading the post titled Are common industrial chemicals developmental neurotoxins?
Quebec court strikes down municipal anti-fracking bylaw
A Quebec court has struck down a Gaspe municipal bylaw that tried to prevent exploratory oil wells being drilled and fracked uncomfortably close to its drinking water supply. The court ruled that the bylaw was invalid because it prevented Petrolia Inc. from carrying out drilling specifically…Continue reading the post titled Quebec court strikes down municipal anti-fracking bylaw
Yes, that pollution exclusion in your insurance does work
Businesses with pollution risks need to buy insurance WITHOUT pollution exclusions.Continue reading the post titled Yes, that pollution exclusion in your insurance does work
De-polluting end of life vehicles, at last?
After years of effort by Ontario’s mainstream auto recyclers, in cooperation with automobile manufacturers, the Ministry of the Environment is getting close to a permit-by-rule system for recycling end of life vehicles. Given the elaborate market that already exists for vehicle recycli…Continue reading the post titled De-polluting end of life vehicles, at last?