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Published on: 14 Jan 2013 By

A new twist on anti-wind litigation: the Charter

Because of the social, environmental, and political importance of reducing carbon emissions and switching to renewable sources of energy, the Environmental Protection Act requires wind opponents to show that a renewable energy project will cause serious harm to human health, or serious and i…

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Published on: 10 Jan 2013 By

Fine for breach of court order to cleanup waste

A Toronto company was fined $45,000 plus victim fine surcharges of $11,250 for failing to comply with a Court Order to remove waste materials from a mill site. 2023682 Ontario Inc. operate a mill site in Coleman Township. The company was originally convicted of failing to comply with a Minis…

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Published on: 9 Jan 2013 By

Energy transparency in Ontario public schools, a small step in the right direction

Congratulations to Gord Miller, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner. Hours after he chided the province for concealing energy consumption information in public buildings, the province announced that energy consumption information for schools will be made public by July 1. It’s a…

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Published on: 9 Jan 2013 By

Dust from asphalt plant triggers $81,250 penalty

Ingram Asphalt Inc. was fined $65,000 plus victim fine surcharges of $16,250 for discharging dust and particulate adversely impacting the surrounding environment and community. The company failed to notify the ministry of the dust emissions and did not comply with conditions of a ministry order.

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Published on: 7 Jan 2013 By

Strong opposition to sewage processing facility foiled by filing error

Lystek’s controversial sewage sludge processing facility in Southgate, Ontario, will not face an appeal of its Environmental Compliance Approvals, because opponents, after fighting the facility for so long, made a critical error in seeking leave to appeal. See Green v. Ontario.

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Published on: 2 Jan 2013 By

New rules for boreholes and other test wells

The Ministry of the Environment is seeking public comment on a draft manual on test holes and dewatering wells. A “test hole” is a type of “well” that is made to obtain information about groundwater, and is not used or intended for use as a source of water for consumption. It includes virtua…

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