CN pays big fines re Wabamun, Cheakamus spills
CN has been sentenced to pay $1.8 million in fines for two spills from 2005 derailments in Alberta and B.C. Most of these moneys will be directed to local environmental programs.Continue reading the post titled CN pays big fines re Wabamun, Cheakamus spills
James Lovelock and the climate "phony war"
Lovelock argues persuasively that we are already headed to huge, irreversible temperature changes, which will massively disrupt human society and populations. These changes will be far greater and faster than those predicted by the IPCC.Continue reading the post titled James Lovelock and the climate "phony war"
Spills from ships – federal or provincial?
Spills from ships into navigable waters are subject to both federal and provincial spill control laws.Continue reading the post titled Spills from ships – federal or provincial?
Source Water protection on to phase 2
Under the Clean Water Act, source protection committees in Ontario are moving on to formal assessments of threats to drinking water quality and quantity.Continue reading the post titled Source Water protection on to phase 2
Carbon footprint of spam
McAfee has released a fascinating report on the huge carbon footprint of spam. It concludes: Users viewing and deleting spam is the largest energy drain associated with spam – manually sorting, viewing and deleting spam, as well as searching for legitimate email, uses almost 18 billio…Continue reading the post titled Carbon footprint of spam
Consultation underway for first Green Energy Act regulations
The Ministry of Energy has already begun consultations on its first regulation under the Green Energy Act, to exempt small renewable energy projects from local and municipal land-use controls.Continue reading the post titled Consultation underway for first Green Energy Act regulations
Better environmental disclosure coming in Ontario
The Ontario Legislature has called on the Ontario Securities Commission to adopt an enhanced reporting framework for social and environmental information.Continue reading the post titled Better environmental disclosure coming in Ontario
US rushing to prepare for GHG reporting, and maybe cap and trade
The US EPA is rushing to have its GHG reporting rule finalized and in effect by January 1, 2010.Continue reading the post titled US rushing to prepare for GHG reporting, and maybe cap and trade
Lawyers reflect on the Toxics Reductions Act
The OBA is cautiously supportive of Bill 167, provided that the Act is restricted to essentially the same list of toxic substances that is identified and regulated through the federal Chemical Management Plan, and is limited to planning and reporting, not mandatory reductions.Continue reading the post titled Lawyers reflect on the Toxics Reductions Act