Environmental Law for Road Builders
Road construction presents numerous environmental challenges, including noise, dust, salt, storm runoff, etc. Earlier this year, we gave road builders a summary of the environmental laws that apply to them, how to exercise due diligence, and what penalties they could face if things go wrong.…Continue reading the post titled Environmental Law for Road Builders
Important changes re brownfields
Many sites that now count as "clean" will no longer be "clean"; a few that now count as contaminated will now be considered clean.Continue reading the post titled Important changes re brownfields
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…Continue reading 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 …Continue reading 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…Continue reading 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.Continue reading the post titled Parking pad to garden — how hard could it be?
How dangerous is BPA?
This is the first good evidence that BPA may be toxic to adults, not just babies.Continue reading the post titled How dangerous is BPA?
PCB Phase Out Now
The Federal Government has adopted new PCB Regulations, SOR/2008-273 to end the use and storage of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).Continue reading the post titled PCB Phase Out Now
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…Continue reading the post titled New reasons for Toxics Reduction
Why I'm supporting the Green Shift
The basic concept of the Green Shift is simple: we should tax income less, and pollution more. And the great advantage for consumers is this: for most of us, it’s much less painful to reduce pollution (and thus tax) than it is to reduce income.Continue reading the post titled Why I'm supporting the Green Shift