Environmental penalties gaining steam
Ontario’s environmental penalties regime for spills is gathering steam. The final count for 2009 was 13 penalties totalling $112,143.20, most under the Environmental Protection Act. The highest penalty was $23,750. Thirteen more penalties have already been issued in the first four months of …View the post titled Environmental penalties gaining steam
Spill, baby, spill
Two major oil disasters in a single month – a Chinese oil tanker aground on the Great Barrier Reef, and the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico – where is Sarah Palin now? Or, more seriously, where is environmental law when we need it? The Australian spill is, in a legal sense, simpler.View the post titled Spill, baby, spill
PCBs in fish
PCBs in your fish dinner? Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) were used for decades in industry and to make electrical equipment like transformers and capacitors.[i] They are slow to break down and hard to destroy. PCB are known carcinogens and have been linked to adverse reproductive, immune, …View the post titled PCBs in fish
Cuts to Renewable Subsidies
Reports say that Spain is slashing the prices it pays for renewable energy, as part of an aggressive response to its debt crisis. Spanish bonds were downgraded this week, and today it announced that unemployment has risen above 20%. Spain already has the third highest deficit in the EU, afte…View the post titled Cuts to Renewable Subsidies
Can I recycle that?
If you wish to recycle and compost all that you can, but aren’t sure whether a particular item is recyclable, compostable, or garbage, the City of Toronto now makes it easier to find out: http://app.toronto.ca/wes/winfo/search.do Happy recycling and composting. Thanks to Mike Brigham f…View the post titled Can I recycle that?
Wind energy protest planned
Anti-wind protesters will be massing at Queens Park next week, to protest against the Green Energy Act and its expedited approvals for wind energy projects. Meanwhile, government staffers are moving ahead with wind energy approvals. The Approvals Branch is working hard to process wind ener…View the post titled Wind energy protest planned
Happy Earth Day!
Today is the 40th anniversary of the original Earth Day. Unfortunately, I am far too engaged in trial preparation to write a thoughtful evaluation of the last 40 years, other than the obvious: we have accomplished something useful, but not nearly enough. And to express kudos to Environment M…View the post titled Happy Earth Day!
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