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.Continue reading the post titled Certificate of analysis ok as evidence despite minor error and delay?
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…Continue reading the post titled Science, proof and causation: when courts and scientists disagree
How safe is natural gas?
No source of energy is “safe”, i.e. has zero adverse effects. We are frequently consulted by people who have had their lives turned upside down by oil spills, some recent, some decades ago. Often, those spills cannot be fully cleaned up, and can tear families apart. Coal and nucl…Continue reading the post titled How safe is natural gas?
New training requirements for waste drivers
Regulation 347, under the Environmental Protection Act, is going to be amended to broaden training requirements to all drivers of waste transportation vehicles.Continue reading the post titled New training requirements for waste drivers
Good news: Dioxin dropping in food
The European Food Safety Authority has published a new report on levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food and feed. It shows that dioxin levels in food and feed are continuing to gradually drop, likely due to the spread and enforcement of stricter food standards and air…Continue reading the post titled Good news: Dioxin dropping in food
Federal environmental assessments will be rushed
Now that federal environmental assessments are gone, the federal government will only assess very large, very important projects. But it’s going to do them in a hurry.Continue reading the post titled Federal environmental assessments will be rushed
Narrower Canadian Environmental Assessment Regime in force
The new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, is now in force, and federal environmental screenings are a thing of the past.Continue reading the post titled Narrower Canadian Environmental Assessment Regime in force
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…Continue reading the post titled Narrow candidates for permit by rule: waste, solar, printing
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…Continue reading the post titled Massachusetts expert panel on wind and health recommends comparing all energy sources
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 …Continue reading the post titled Approvals reform: Next Ontario sectors for permit by rule