Environmental Fines keep going up: $299,000 for construction waste
Two companies and their directors were fined $299,999 (including the 25% victim fine surcharge) after pleading guilty to dumping construction waste on an unlicenced site in Mississauga, and failing to clean it up.Continue reading the post titled Environmental Fines keep going up: $299,000 for construction waste
New rules for boreholes and other test wells
The Ministry of the Environment is seeking public comment on a draft manual on test holes and dewatering wells. A “test hole” is a type of “well” that is made to obtain information about groundwater, and is not used or intended for use as a source of water for consumption. It includes virtua…Continue reading the post titled New rules for boreholes and other test wells
What else happens to the environment December 31?
The news today are consumed by the US “fiscal cliff“, and its implications for the economy (and the environment) of the US and the world. The environmental implications could be enormous. But there are other important environmental deadlines today.Continue reading the post titled What else happens to the environment December 31?
New Cycling Strategy for Ministry of Transportation
As ghost bikes (marking the site of a cycling death) multiply around Toronto, the Ministry of Transportation has announced its plans to respond to the Chief Coroner of Ontario’s “Cycling Death Review”. Comments on EBR posting 011-7552 are invited until January 31, 2013. As a first step, MTO …Continue reading the post titled New Cycling Strategy for Ministry of Transportation
Holiday gifts: reduce carbon footprint and build peace?
Dear friends and faithful readers, Here are two ideas for easy holiday gifts that make the world a better place: a local option, and one in the Middle East. (We have no financial stake in either.)Continue reading the post titled Holiday gifts: reduce carbon footprint and build peace?
Toxin in your tank: lead and violence around the world
Looking back, it's hard to think of any public policy error worse than putting lead in gasoline.Continue reading the post titled Toxin in your tank: lead and violence around the world
Lethal buildings slaughter migratory and threatened birds
It’s a horror story – the beautiful glass-walled building you may work, shop or live in are wastefully killing millions of migratory birds. Many readers are likely familiar with the distressing thud of a bird breaking its neck or wing on those lovely glass panes, often at night when the ligh…Continue reading the post titled Lethal buildings slaughter migratory and threatened birds
Australian Parliament Senate rejects anti-wind bill, notes nocebo effect
An anti-wind nocebo response is developing, caused by the reproduction and dissemination of claims about adverse health impacts – claims not grounded in the peer-reviewed literatureContinue reading the post titled Australian Parliament Senate rejects anti-wind bill, notes nocebo effect
Abitibi wins, Newfoundland cleanup order unenforceable after insolvency
Provincial governments must do more to ensure that cleanup costs are provided by financial assurance during the active life of a business, and not rely on getting innocent third parties to pay for cleanups after the fact.Continue reading the post titled Abitibi wins, Newfoundland cleanup order unenforceable after insolvency
New voluntary standard for carbon storage
The Canadian Standards Association has released a voluntary standard for the Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide, CSA Z741.Continue reading the post titled New voluntary standard for carbon storage