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Published on: 30 Sep 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 26 Sep 2013 By

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.

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Published on: 25 Sep 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 23 Sep 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 19 Sep 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 17 Sep 2013 By

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…

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Published on: 11 Sep 2013 By

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, …

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Published on: 10 Sep 2013 By

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 …

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Published on: 9 Sep 2013 By

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…

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