Important brownfield reforms
The Ontario government has today posted significant proposed changes to its brownfield regulation and standards. The complete package has been posted on the EBR and can be found at www.ontario.ca/brownfields under the “Protecting the Environment” link. Also attached is an unoffic…View the post titled Important brownfield reforms
Kipfinch – latest Ontario contaminated site decision
Ontario’s latest contaminated site decision is Kipfinch v. Westwood Mall (Mississauga) Limited. The intended purchaser of a $25 million shopping mall was unable to obtain financing after the vendor refused to allow invasive testing in an area formerly occupied by a dry cleaner. The …View the post titled Kipfinch – latest Ontario contaminated site decision
Credit crunch and brownfields
The spreading credit crisis will inevitably have a significant impact on brownfields redevelopment in Canada. Softer real estate markets and lower industrial profits reduce the potential economic value of contaminated sites. Tougher credit and higher borrowing costs restrict the availability…View the post titled Credit crunch and brownfields
Parking pad to garden — how hard could it be?
Franke James eventually got Toronto's first permit for a "green" driveway.View the post titled Parking pad to garden — how hard could it be?
Harper promises more environmental enforcement
Prime Minister Harper promised today a substantial increase in federal environmental enforcement. Some of the proposed changes would be significant improvements.View the post titled Harper promises more environmental enforcement
New reasons for Toxics Reduction
Ontario’s proposed Toxics Reductions Law gained urgency this week with the distribution of new research on human health impacts of common chemicals. Bisphenol A, widely used in plastic bottles and other food containers, has now been linked with adult cardiac problems. And body loads of…View the post titled New reasons for Toxics Reduction
The Honey Wagon Blues
Several years ago, the Ministry of the Environment announced, with great fanfare, that it was banning the spreading of untreated septage (human waste from septic tanks, holding tanks and portable toilets). Unfortunately, it proved easier to announce the ban than to find disposal sites for al…View the post titled The Honey Wagon Blues
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