Everyone liable for PCB-contaminated oil
A British Columbia used oil company has successfully sued the owner of a PCB transformer, and everyone down a contractual chain, for failing to warn them that the oil was almost pure PCBs. It was awarded $776,033.75.Continue reading the post titled Everyone liable for PCB-contaminated oil
New rules for US GHG control
Since the US Congress is deadlocked on climate change legislation, the Obama administration is moving forward to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act, starting January 2, 2011. One of the challenges in doing this is that the Clean Air Act was designed for toxins em…Continue reading the post titled New rules for US GHG control
Reducing GHG from heavy vehicles
Environment Canada has released a consultation document, proposing elements of future regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new heavy-duty vehicles. Essentially, Canada will adopt the same rules as the US. In Canada, transportation accounts for about a quarter of greenhouse gas…Continue reading the post titled Reducing GHG from heavy vehicles
New rules for incinerators
Guideline A-7: Air Pollution Control, Design and Operation Guidelines for Municipal Waste Thermal Treatment Facilities, has been revised and renamed as “Air Pollution Control, Design and Operation Guidelines for Municipal Waste Thermal Treatment Facilities”. Guideline A-7 was updated to revi…Continue reading the post titled New rules for incinerators
Au revoir, Jim Prentice
We wish former federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice well in his new career at CIBC. We have not been fans of the Harper Government’s environmental program, especially on climate change. But we admit that we were pleasantly surprised last week when then Environment Minister Prentice ref…Continue reading the post titled Au revoir, Jim Prentice
Environmental fines in Canada
Nimonik has posted an interesting and original survey of environmental fines imposed in Canada from 1990 to 2009. According to the reports provided by each jurisdiction, only $26-million dollars worth of environmental fines have been levied against polluters by both provincial and federal l…Continue reading the post titled Environmental fines in Canada
Now can they make you talk?
Most of the “Open for Business Act” changes to Ontario environmental laws won’t take effect till next year or so. But one important change has already happened: they may be able to make you talk.Continue reading the post titled Now can they make you talk?
Cumulative pollution a Charter breach?
Ecojustice has launched a lawsuit on behalf of Aamjiwnaaang First Nation members, Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge, alleging that the cumulative effects of government approved pollution in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley amounts to a violation of their human rights under sections 7 and 15 of the …Continue reading the post titled Cumulative pollution a Charter breach?
Open for Business- new rules for approvals
Bill 68, the Open for Business Act, has received Royal Assent. Schedule 7 of the Act makes major changes to a range of Ministry of the Environment statutes. Most will be phased in over time. For example, the Environmental Protection Act has received major amendments. A new Permit by Rule ap…Continue reading the post titled Open for Business- new rules for approvals