What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?
People who actually live with and host wind turbines on their properties are rarely heard in the emotional debate on wind farms and health. Australian filmmaker and researcher Neil Barrett is giving this critical group a voice in his excellent short film, The way the wind blows. Evidence aro…Continue reading the post titled What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?
Approvals Reform to tackle Brownfields/ Surplus soil issues
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has announced another round of consultations on Modernization of Approvals. This time, they say, they will tackle the high stakes problems of surplus soil movements and contaminated sites. See presentation, Brownfields Modernization.Continue reading the post titled Approvals Reform to tackle Brownfields/ Surplus soil issues
Ministry of Transport pays $250,000 for Fisheries Act charges
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has plead guilty to two charges under the old federal Fisheries Act, and has agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty. The charges were laid by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and relate to sediment released from a Highway 11 construction project near B…Continue reading the post titled Ministry of Transport pays $250,000 for Fisheries Act charges
US EPA again proposes carbon standards for new sources in power plants
Since the US Congress can’t, or won’t, regulate greenhouse gases, President Obama is moving ahead to do so using his executive powers and the existing Clean Air Act. The US Environmental Protection Agency has proposed revised greenhouse gas “New Source” performance st…Continue reading the post titled US EPA again proposes carbon standards for new sources in power plants
Sage Grouse to be protected by Emergency Protection Order, later
Following a recent loss in the Federal Court of Appeal, Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq announced earlier this week that the federal government will (later) introduce an Emergency Protection Order for the Greater Sage-Grouse, or at least for those of this rapidly declining species…Continue reading the post titled Sage Grouse to be protected by Emergency Protection Order, later
New guidance on a tough issue: Aboriginal Consultation and Renewable Energy
Ontario’s “Aboriginal Consultation Guide for Preparing a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) Application” which provides guidance and direction on the Aboriginal consultation requirements for renewable energy projects under Ontario Regulation 359/09 under the Environmental Protection Act w…Continue reading the post titled New guidance on a tough issue: Aboriginal Consultation and Renewable Energy
Ecojustice sues to save endangered species
Ecojustice, Ontario Nature and the Wildlands League have launched a lawsuit against the Ontario government protesting a lengthy set of exemptions given to businesses under Regulation 242/08 of the Endangered Species Act. The industries that received exemptions include agriculture, forestry, …Continue reading the post titled Ecojustice sues to save endangered species
Where are the public agency energy consumption baseline reports?
On January 1st, 2012 the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans Regulation (O.Reg. 397/11) came into effect. By now, all Ontario public agencies are required to have prepared and published a summary of their 2011 energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions: On or before July 1, …Continue reading the post titled Where are the public agency energy consumption baseline reports?
Pipeline safety: regulators spar, but public gets no enforcement data
The National Energy Board has responded strongly to recommendations on pipeline safety by the Alberta Pipeline Safety Review. The National Energy Board argues, defensively, that it is already ahead of the game, even as environmental groups savage the Alberta report as a whitewash. According …Continue reading the post titled Pipeline safety: regulators spar, but public gets no enforcement data
One less hazardous waste in Ontario: automotive aluminum sludge delisted
The line between “hazardous” and “non-hazardous” waste is often drawn in a somewhat arbitrary way, sometimes for historical reasons. Occasionally, it is possible to persuade the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to readjust the line. Canadian automotive manufacturer…Continue reading the post titled One less hazardous waste in Ontario: automotive aluminum sludge delisted