What's toxic in that product?
What’s toxic in consumer products? A law we should have Labels on consumer products like cosmetics contain a long list of ingredients, usually in teeny tiny print, in English and in French. Unfortunately, most of us have no idea how to pronounce the multi-syllable ingredients, or why they a…Continue reading the post titled What's toxic in that product?
Reg. 153/04 changes: impacts on contaminated sites?
Reg. 153/04- changes to rules on contaminated sites Working on contaminated sites? Dianne gave a presentation this week on Reg. 153/04, and the amendments made by 511/09. They mean big changes for people working on sites in Ontario, especially re: tougher cleanup standards; better investigat…Continue reading the post titled Reg. 153/04 changes: impacts on contaminated sites?
Cleaning up contamination – extra time has a price
Owners of contaminated sites face stringent new cleanup standards, effective July 1, 2011, under Reg. 153/04. Many owners want to cleanup under the existing, less stringent standards, but cannot finish the cleanup by next July. They can buy an extra 18 months to finish the cleanup, but only …Continue reading the post titled Cleaning up contamination – extra time has a price
Climate change, Ultimatum and game theory
Matthew’s Glass novel, Ultimatum, has a compellingly plausible premise. It is 2032. Decades of Copenhagen-type negotiations have produced nothing but broken promises. As the seas and storms rise, low-lying areas like Florida and Louisiana become uninsurable, then uninhabitable (not to mentio…Continue reading the post titled Climate change, Ultimatum and game theory
New cars: greenhouse gas limits and ethanol
Canada will control greenhouse gases, although only when the US does. Last week, Canada and the US jointly announced stricter limits on GHG emissions from new cars (light-duty vehicles). This is the first-ever federal regulation to directly control GHG emissions across Canada. Our federal go…Continue reading the post titled New cars: greenhouse gas limits and ethanol
Big fine for one minute of air pollution
Highest air pollution fine per minuteContinue reading the post titled Big fine for one minute of air pollution
Federal environmental assessment shrinks
Eliminating federal EA makes it less likely that cumulative impacts will be evaluated, such as climate change.Continue reading the post titled Federal environmental assessment shrinks
Transit class action, EA and the St. Clair Streetcar
Curactive Organic Skin Care is starting a class action over the St. Clair streetcar. It wants to sue the Ontario government, Toronto and the TTC for $105 million in damages. Curactive says hundreds of small businesses lost money, due to delays in transit construction, and to changes in the d…Continue reading the post titled Transit class action, EA and the St. Clair Streetcar
Oil sands tailing wastes and dead ducks
In Alberta provincial court, Syncrude is on trial for the death of 1600 migratory ducks, who were unable to escape from its oil sands tailing ponds in 2008. Federal and provincial governments allow Syncrude to create the giant, deadly ponds, as long as they take reasonable care to frighten t…Continue reading the post titled Oil sands tailing wastes and dead ducks
Peak oil: Who worries?
A surprising variety of knowledgeable people are worrying about peak oil: Petrobras, for example, the Brazilian state oil company. The International Energy Agency. Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. The City of Bloomington, Indiana. The chairperson of Total Oil. Will peak oil …Continue reading the post titled Peak oil: Who worries?