Renewable Energy Approvals regulations amended again
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has made more amendments to O. Reg. 359/09, the Renewable Energy Approvals Regulation. As a result of concerns raised during the last round of amendments (July 1), these amendments focus on: Re-issuance of draft site plans to reflect changes to the loc…Continue reading the post titled Renewable Energy Approvals regulations amended again
Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18
Congratulations to the Approvals Reform team: The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has brought three new sectors into its Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act: Small Ground-Mounted Solar; Lithographic, Screen and Digital Printing; a…Continue reading the post titled Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18
Bruce Power Receives $100,000 Penalty for Refrigerant handling Violations
Bruce Power Limited Partnership, operator of the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant, has pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999). It received penalties of $100,000 for failure to conduct an annual leak test of all the components of a refri…Continue reading the post titled Bruce Power Receives $100,000 Penalty for Refrigerant handling Violations
Twitter Moot: Common law right to a healthy atmosphere?
Saxe Law Office is proudly sponsoring the environmental law Twitter Moot for the second year. The question being debated by Canadian law students (in 140 characters or less) is: Do Canadians have a legally recognized right to a healthy global atmosphere? If so, large scale emissions of green…Continue reading the post titled Twitter Moot: Common law right to a healthy atmosphere?
New fee for Ontario environmental sector registry
As of October 28, 2012, the Ministry of the Environment now charges $1,190 to register an activity in the an Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). See EBR Registry Number: 011-6549. This is part of a general raising of fees across the Ontario government, as recommend by the Drum…Continue reading the post titled New fee for Ontario environmental sector registry
Directors and officers to be liable for contamination on escheated land?
What happens to contaminated sites when their corporate owner goes bust? Most of them end up escheating to the province, which is increasingly concerned about costs of managing them. Now, Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure is seeking comments on a proposed new management framework for forf…Continue reading the post titled Directors and officers to be liable for contamination on escheated land?
Fewer oil tanker spills in 2011
In 2011, oil tankers spilt less oil than ever before since records began, according to the excellent International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation. There were only four medium sized spills and one large one, for a total of about 1,000 tonnes. Better ships (with double hulls), better equip…Continue reading the post titled Fewer oil tanker spills in 2011
An introduction to the law of noise pollution
Dianne gave a well received introduction to the law of noise pollution at the Ontario Bar Association’s Halloween breakfast. Topics included what is noise, who regulates it, how the Environmental Protection Act applies, enforcement under the EPA, bylaws and the OMB, and civil suits fo…Continue reading the post titled An introduction to the law of noise pollution
Utah latest US state to mandating disclosure of fracking chemicals
On October 24, the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining approved a new rule requiring companies to use FracFocus, the US’s national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry, to report the amount and types of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to produce oil and gas. Seven other s…Continue reading the post titled Utah latest US state to mandating disclosure of fracking chemicals
Enforcement of PCB Regulations ramping up
Environment Canada is ramping up its enforcement of the federal PCB regulations. Surprisingly, they are finding illegal PCBs in municipal facilities. This could have serious consequences for municipalities, and for the individuals in charge.Continue reading the post titled Enforcement of PCB Regulations ramping up