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Published on: 20 Aug 2012 By

Certificate of analysis ok as evidence despite minor error and delay?

A court accepted a Maxxam certificate of analysis into evidence in an environmental prosecution, despite a minor error in an internal chain of custody, and a two month delay in issuing the certificate. The decision is useful for anyone who takes samples, analyses them or uses the result in court.

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Published on: 16 Aug 2012 By

Science, proof and causation: when courts and scientists disagree

Bad science should be thrown out of court. When alleged scientific data fails to meet relevant, objective quality standards specifically developed for that kind of data, no one knows whether the claimed result is either reliable or correct. It is fundamentally unfair to punish anyone base…

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Published on: 7 Aug 2012 By

Narrow candidates for permit by rule: waste, solar, printing

The latest draft Approvals Reform regulations are another small step in the right direction.  Clarifying and simplifying the requirements for routine, low impact activities, and reducing regulatory delay, is increasingly important if Ontario is to successfully compete for investment money an…

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Published on: 2 Aug 2012 By

Massachusetts expert panel on wind and health recommends comparing all energy sources

Typically, at distances larger than 400 m, sound pressure levels for modern wind turbines are less than 40 dB(A), which is below the level associated with annoyance in the epidemiological studies reviewed.... The considerations should take into account trade-offs between environmental and…

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Published on: 31 Jul 2012 By

Approvals reform: Next Ontario sectors for permit by rule

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is continuing to roll out Approvals Reform, by expanding the sectors eligible for the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR), a type of “permit by rule”. Now they have released draft regulations for three more sectors, following …

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