Not every spill is an offence
The Ontario Court of Justice has acquitted a company that spilled caustic soda on a road, on the grounds that the spill did not cause an adverse effect.Continue reading the post titled Not every spill is an offence
Slow Death by Rubber Duck
People rapidly absorb toxic chemicals from even two days’ exposure to typical consumer products, and governments don't protect us.Continue reading the post titled Slow Death by Rubber Duck
New Approach to Air Reg. 419/05
Ontario hopes to reduce its transaction costs (and, perhaps, to avoid a court challenge to its O.Reg. 419/05) by grouping more than one facility within a sector, and by offering some sectors the option to use technology-based standards instead of points of impingement.Continue reading the post titled New Approach to Air Reg. 419/05
Federal carbon offset system, 2.0
This week, the Conservatives announced a summary of their own carbon offset system and promised more detailed rules in the fall. They look a lot like the ones we almost had in 2005.Continue reading the post titled Federal carbon offset system, 2.0
Why won't environmental consultants stand behind their work?
Why won't Canada's environmental consultants stand behind their work?Continue reading the post titled Why won't environmental consultants stand behind their work?
Green Energy Act Regulations released
The Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources have released draft regulations that could allow them to start issuing renewable energy approvals early next year.Continue reading the post titled Green Energy Act Regulations released
U.S. upsurge in environmental enforcement
Since Canada usually follows the US on environmental matters, it’s exciting to see that significant improvements have begun in US environmental enforcement. US EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, has signalled a renewed emphasis on “environmental justice”, the exposure of poor and minority com…Continue reading the post titled U.S. upsurge in environmental enforcement
Overview of Bill 150, as passed
By popular request, here is a Green Energy Act overview that summarizes Bill 150, the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, as it stands after third reading. Meanwhile, work on the regulations is proceeding feverishly in several ministries. George Smitherman is determined to get the new system…Continue reading the post titled Overview of Bill 150, as passed
Ontario introduces GHGE Trading Act
Today, Environment Minister John Gerretsen introduced Ontario's first Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading bill into the Legislature.Continue reading the post titled Ontario introduces GHGE Trading Act
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"