New Canadian environmental assessments exclude stakeholders and issues
The new standing rules in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, have now been interpreted the first two times, with contradictory results. The Prosperity Mine panel, in BC, has wisely interpreted the new standing rules broadly, including experts, Non-Governmental Organizations, Fi…Continue reading the post titled New Canadian environmental assessments exclude stakeholders and issues
Activists sue nuclear plant for water pollution
Cape Cod Baywatch and Pilgrim Watch residents have given notice of their intent to sue Entergy for water pollution and fish kills caused by its Massachusetts nuclear plant.Continue reading the post titled Activists sue nuclear plant for water pollution
Mercury and lead contamination tied to ADHD in Inuit
In the northern Quebec, there are about 11,000 Inuit, the most highly exposed population in the world to PCB and mercury pollution. Air-borne contaminants from the south fall in northern areas and bioaccumulate in the animals that Inuit eat. Burning coal is the largest source of mercury. A Q…Continue reading the post titled Mercury and lead contamination tied to ADHD in Inuit
A small exemption from approvals fees
The Minister’s Requirement for Fees sets out the fees that the MOE may charge for its review of Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) applications. These fees can run into the thousands of dollars depending on what the MOE is asked to review. For example, review of combustion equipment cos…Continue reading the post titled A small exemption from approvals fees
Other environmental laws in the "Son of Omnibus" Bill C-45?
On Friday, we described how the Navigable Waters Protection Act is being slashed so that it applies to only 62 named lakes and rivers and renamed the Navigation Protection Act. Here are some of the other environmental changes in the new Omnibus Bill, C-45:Continue reading the post titled Other environmental laws in the "Son of Omnibus" Bill C-45?
Supreme Court will hear important appeal: is flying rock a discharge?
When governments adopt surprising new interpretations of existing laws, shouldn’t they have to tell the regulated community before they start prosecuting them?Continue reading the post titled Supreme Court will hear important appeal: is flying rock a discharge?
More slash and burn: drastic cuts to Navigable Waters Protection Act
Much like their hatchet job on the Fisheries Act, the federal Conservatives’ Bill C-45 has taken a similar axe to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, among other environmental changes in their latest Omnibus Bill. The protection of the Act will be slashed from all Canadian waters that…Continue reading the post titled More slash and burn: drastic cuts to Navigable Waters Protection Act
Environmental regulation: Municipalities v province, province v. federal government
What happens when municipal bylaws try to control energy or resource projects authorized by the federal or provincial governments? (They have some scope). How far will the Spraytech precedent take them? Can corporations use federal insolvency laws to cleanse themselves of irksome environment…Continue reading the post titled Environmental regulation: Municipalities v province, province v. federal government
Controversial sewage sludge processing plant approved
Ontario has also approved a new facility to convert organic waste, such as sewage sludge, into uncontrolled compost that can be used on agricultural lands. The Lystek plant in Southgate has met pitched opposition from many local residents, The newly approved sewage sludge and organic waste p…Continue reading the post titled Controversial sewage sludge processing plant approved