Feds to regulate municipal wastewater
Environment Canada has released 74 pages of proposed regulations on municipal sewage treatment. Once in force, these regulations will set standards for effluent and reporting from about 4000 municipal wastewater facilities, and will considerably tighten discharge standards for many of these …Continue reading the post titled Feds to regulate municipal wastewater
What's happening with BPA?
In the last two years, there has been lots of public concern about consumer exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) in soft drinks, baby bottles, etc.). Many vendors and retailers withdrew their BPA products; eco leaders now carry metal water bottles instead of plastic. Environment Canada is now plann…Continue reading the post titled What's happening with BPA?
MOE bracing for renewable energy approvals
The Ministry of Environment is bracing for the 500 to 800 renewable energy approval applications that they expect to receive once the Ontario Power Authority issues its Feed In Tariff contract offers, starting in March. An approvals team has been assembled. Amid extensive internal consultati…Continue reading the post titled MOE bracing for renewable energy approvals
Toxics Reduction Act rolling out
Ontario's hard-pressed manufacturers and mineral processing operations of must therefore make an important choice when they define their "processes" for the first annual report.Continue reading the post titled Toxics Reduction Act rolling out
Noisy nosy neighbours
Mr. and Mrs. Monroe were forbidden to operate their air conditioner if it causes sound beyond 55 dB from 7 AM to 10 PM, and 45 dB overnight, measured anywhere along the property boundary.Continue reading the post titled Noisy nosy neighbours
Game theory, climate change and Davos
This should have been an easy negotiation, infinitely easier than the climate crisis. Despite that, at least one group refused to to give up its separate existence, even at the price of certain death for all.Continue reading the post titled Game theory, climate change and Davos
Is your EPA up to date?
A reader has asked me to remind everyone: Make sure your copy of Ontario environmental laws is up to date. A number of amendments came into effect on January 1, 2010, especially those relating to enforcement powers and integration with other statutes such as the Safe Drinking Water Act and t…Continue reading the post titled Is your EPA up to date?
Approvals Reform, at last?
After years of complaints about the economic drag created by Ontario’s sclerotic environmental approval process, something may finally be about to change. Environment Minister Gerretsen has announced the formal beginning of consultations on the long-overdue transformation agenda for Ap…Continue reading the post titled Approvals Reform, at last?
Why no minimum fines in the SDWA?
Minimum fines would be particularly inappropriate in dealing with municipalities, almost all of whom already provided safe water before the Walkerton disaster.Continue reading the post titled Why no minimum fines in the SDWA?
Courts, the environment and big fines
When I was a young lawyer, fines up for even the most egregious environmental offences tended to be very small. In one famous case, R.v. Cyanamid, proof of enormous pollution was punished with a $1 fine. Judges used to groan when we environmental prosecutors came into their courtrooms, compl…Continue reading the post titled Courts, the environment and big fines