US Congress demands safer children's toys
The United States Senate and House of Representatives have passed a sweeping new statute, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The Act, which the president cannot veto and will come into effect in six months, slashes the permissible level of lead in children’s products …Continue reading the post titled US Congress demands safer children's toys
Many problems still fall through the cracks.Continue reading the post titled Uneven enforcement
Hurrah for the bottle ban!
With any luck, bottled water will fall from fashion as quickly and as thoroughly as cigarettes did.Continue reading the post titled Hurrah for the bottle ban!
Sunrise Propane: is it the regulators' fault?
Until now, there has been no evidence as to whether the TSSA is any more or less effective in protecting public safety than the government departments it replacedContinue reading the post titled Sunrise Propane: is it the regulators' fault?
Toronto's marvellous waterfront
One of the successes of Ontario’s 40 years of environmental law and enforcement is Toronto’s marvellous waterfront. Yes, I admit that some of the gains are hard to see from land. But a few minutes’ paddle is all it takes to glory in swans and egrets, swallows and terns, cor…Continue reading the post titled Toronto's marvellous waterfront
Air Pollution: what's really there?
industries already subject to Regulation 419 have found it to be much more difficult and expensive than they expected.Continue reading the post titled Air Pollution: what's really there?
When a tree falls…
Yesterday’s crash of a heritage tree in High Park is another reminder of our need to pay more attention to the law regarding trees. Climate change greatly increases the importance of having trees in urban areas, for shade, to protect water, to provide wildlife and bird habitat and to k…Continue reading the post titled When a tree falls…
What is "storage"?
A recent Alberta case casts some light on the meaning of waste “storage”. Custom Environmental Services (CESL) sorts and recycles contaminated material, including PCBs. PCB material is brought to the CESL, sorted, cleaned, perhaps processed and placed in containers. Once a truckl…Continue reading the post titled What is "storage"?
Ontario joins Western Climate Initiative
Ontario has joined the Western Climate Initiative, North America’s largest green partnership, just in time for its third major Stakeholder Workshop. Most Canadian provinces are now Partners or Observers in the WCI, with the notable exceptions of Alberta and the Atlantic provinces. In f…Continue reading the post titled Ontario joins Western Climate Initiative
More on Drugs in Drinking Water
Are tiny levels of drugs in bottled or tap water a health risk? We just don't know.Continue reading the post titled More on Drugs in Drinking Water