PCB Cleanup Dispute goes to the CEC
Bennett Environmental has filed a complaint with the Commission on Environmental Cooperation, alleging that Canada, and more specifically the province of Québec, is failing to effectively enforce Québec’s Environment Quality Act (EQA) and the Regulation Respecting the Burial of Contami…View the post titled PCB Cleanup Dispute goes to the CEC
Perhaps because I am a professional pessimist,, I am increasingly persuaded by the apocalyptic visions of Thomas Homer Dixon. After more than 30 years labouring for environmental protection, in the company of many good people, I find it heartbreaking that we have achieved so little. Worse, …View the post titled Thomas Homer-Dixon
BP Spill- Never again?
The US National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling reviews, in painstaking detail, the pervasive arrogance, stupidity, and greed that led to the Gulf explosion and spill last spring. They recognize that future spills, such as in the Arctic, could do even …View the post titled BP Spill- Never again?
End of slow death by rubber duck?
In 2009, we blogged about plastics that contain (and release) phthalates, plasticizers used in the manufacture of soft vinyl used in many products (https://www.siskinds.com/slow-death-by-rubber-duck/). New Phthalates Regulations under the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) were registered on Decem…View the post titled End of slow death by rubber duck?
Environmental Law Firm of the Year
Who is the environmental law firm of the year? There seem to be a lot of rating services competing to decide. This week, we have been honoured as an (or the?) “Environmental Law Firm of the Year” for Canada by two of them: Corporate INTL Magazine, and DealMakers Monthly. We thought you wo…View the post titled Environmental Law Firm of the Year
Risk Management for Mercury?
In 2003, the United Nations Environment Program published a Global Mercury Assessment Report, confirming (if there was any doubt) that mercury is highly toxic, causing significant health and environmental impacts around the world. So why haven’t we done more? I am always sad when I see child…View the post titled Risk Management for Mercury?
Infrastructure, migration and food
I’ve been meaning to note my agreement with the Economist lead article on learning to live with climate change. As a world population, we had an opportunity to prevent the worst of the impacts of climate change. Since we threw that opportunity away, we must now learn to live with the c…View the post titled Infrastructure, migration and food
Who pays for basement flooding?
It will likely be increasingly difficult for home and business owners to find anyone willing to pay for basement flooding. According to the insurers’ Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, “basement flooding is one of the biggest challenges facing homeowners, municipal governments…View the post titled Who pays for basement flooding?
US toxics overhaul
Most modern toxic substances control laws are based on the 1976 US Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 U.S.C. §2601 et seq. (TSCA). It provides the US Environmental Protection Agency with authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to cert…View the post titled US toxics overhaul
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