New brownfield cleanup standards- what dates?
Under regulation 153/04, the benchmark for contaminated site cleanups in Ontario has, since October 1, 2004, been the Soil, Ground Water and Sediment Standards for Use under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection Act, March 9, 2004. This standard becomes obsolete July 1, 2011, when subs…Continue reading the post titled New brownfield cleanup standards- what dates?
EMF pollution from transmission lines?
While the Hearing Officer accepts that a cautious approach should be taken respecting [EMF], none of the Appellants adduced any evidence to establish any basis for these concerns. The evidence adduced by HONI clearly indicates that there is no significant impact of EMF on wildlife or hum…Continue reading the post titled EMF pollution from transmission lines?
Bruce to Milton transmission line progress
One of Ontario’s most promising areas for wind power development is the Bruce Peninsula. However, renewable energy development on the peninsula has been severely constrained by Ontario’s contractual commitment to devote most of the existing transmission capacity to the Bruce nucl…Continue reading the post titled Bruce to Milton transmission line progress
Demand-side management goes to court
Pollution Probe is taking the Ontario Energy Board to court over demand-side management (DSM) for gas utilities. DSM refers to programs that utilities use to assist and encourage their customers to conserve. For example, electric utilities use DSM programs to encourage customers to use less …Continue reading the post titled Demand-side management goes to court
Have taxpayers “had it” with Union tactics and benefits?
How times have changed! Back in the dark ages of my youth, we took postal strikes for granted. Every few years, the posties got restless and our Sears catalogue was delayed for a week or two. Unless it was the Wish Book, most people pretty much took it in stride. Not so today. Judging by...Continue reading the post titled Have taxpayers “had it” with Union tactics and benefits?
Three questions for PLCs
Here are three key questions that could improve the functioning of any Public Liaison Committee about a controversial facility. PLCs often get bogged down in attack and defence, with the facility operator trying to defend itself by controlling information, and aggrieved neighbours trying to …Continue reading the post titled Three questions for PLCs
Energy conservation plans for public agencies
A proposed regulation under the Green Energy Act, 2009 (section 6) would require public agencies (i.e. Municipalities, Universities/Colleges, Schools, Hospitals) to submit annual energy consumption and building characteristic info as outlined in the proposed template. In addition, these publ…Continue reading the post titled Energy conservation plans for public agencies
Wind Power & Human Health Scientific Forum
Infrasound from wind turbines is not a health problem.Continue reading the post titled Wind Power & Human Health Scientific Forum
Climate prospects ever bleaker
Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in historyContinue reading the post titled Climate prospects ever bleaker
Red tape, green economy?
Some federal Conservatives are reportedly interested in finding “red tape obstacles to a green economy”. At one level, this is good news; I’m glad to hear of any government trying to build a green economy. The International Energy Agency issued an extraordinarily bleak report last week abou…Continue reading the post titled Red tape, green economy?