More on approvals reform
Bill 68, the 166 page Open for Business Act [i] is now available for download. The Bill establishes a framework for reform of environmental approvals, as part of a three-year initiative intended to foster more efficient government services to business, while continuing to protect the enviro…View the post titled More on approvals reform
More on wind and health
Given the strong interest in wind energy and human health, here is another excellent literature review: Wind Energy March 2010 Pharmacy Practice by Jackie Campbell.View the post titled More on wind and health
Wind and health?
Do wind turbines harm human health? No, says the Ontario Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, in a report released today. Claims of adverse health effects have been taken very seriously, as the Ministry of the Environment evaluates numerous applications for renewable energy approvals …View the post titled Wind and health?
Wastewater system regulations – what will they mean?
For an excellent analysis of the proposed federal Wastewater System Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act, see CWWA. The proposed regulations will significantly tighten wastewater treatment standards across the country, and have major cost and liability implications for municipalities.View the post titled Wastewater system regulations – what will they mean?
Approvals reform Bill introduced
Two environmental Bills were introduced into the Ontario Legislature this week: approvals reform, and a major push to develop and export clean water technology. For most Ontario businesses, the approvals reform package will be, by far, the most important. The Bill will amend the Environmenta…View the post titled Approvals reform Bill introduced
Green Energy Act to force conserving electricity
Ontario proposes stricter energy efficiency standards for an eclectic range of products, including torchieres, gas-fired unit heaters, wine chillers, windows, residential air conditioners, commercial clothes washers, oil fired swimming pool heaters, and set top boxes.View the post titled Green Energy Act to force conserving electricity
10 years after Walkerton
Ten years after the Walkerton water disaster, it’s worth remembering how badly the Mike Harris government handled it. It was bad enough that their rushed and sloppy withdrawal of the provincial laboratory service allowed the contamination to be hidden for days. It was worse that munici…View the post titled 10 years after Walkerton
When environmental penalties when first proposed, one of the big concerns of the business community was the risk of double jeopardy: giving information to the Ministry of the Environment in the hope of minimizing an environmental penalty, only to have that same information used against one i…View the post titled Double dipping
First Nations, Métis and Renewable Energy
First Nations are playing an ever-expanding role in the siting of new renewable energy projects. Now, the new Aboriginal Energy Partnership Program (AEPP) will help First Nations and Métis communities to develop and own renewable energy projects. Funding applications are already being …View the post titled First Nations, Métis and Renewable Energy
Electricity conservation getting serious
Ontario’s landmark Green Energy Act (GEA) was passed a year ago, on May 14, 2009, to bring us major changes in energy conservation and renewable energy. Big subsidies have ramped up renewable energy generation, through the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs. Now it’s time for energy …View the post titled Electricity conservation getting serious
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