Social Cost of Carbon
How much should we spend reducing carbon emissions? What will the cost be if we don’t? US federal lawmakers are required to consider the “social cost of carbon” when issuing significant rules, as part of their overall cost/benefit analysis. But how do they calculate it?Continue reading the post titled Social Cost of Carbon
Sewage biosolids consultation
The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment is wrapping up consultation on its proposed Canada-wide Approach for the Management of Wastewater Biosolids. The policy is intended to encourage the “beneficial use and sound management of valuable resources in municipal biosolids, m…Continue reading the post titled Sewage biosolids consultation
Drive Clean false claims fined
1231028 Ontario Limited O/A Fallingbrook Auto Garage and John Sookrah were fined $45,000 for Drive Clean Violations. Mr. Sookrah was a certified drive clean inspector, who claimed to have tested eight vehicles . Investigators observed that the vehicles listed on the vehicle emissions inspect…Continue reading the post titled Drive Clean false claims fined
What was she thinking?
In R. v. Matchim, a recent case before the Ontario Court of Justice (March 18 2011), firefighters extinguished a blaze in the basement of a home on Vincent Street, in Newmarket. An explosion then occurred in the main sanitary sewer line on the street.Continue reading the post titled What was she thinking?
MacQueen v. Canada class action
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has certified a massive class action by Sydney residents against the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, relating to contamination from the notorious Sydney tar ponds, and the associated steel mill and coke ovens from the old Sydney Steel.Continue reading the post titled MacQueen v. Canada class action
Nova Scotia serious about green electricity
Nova Scotia wants 25% renewable electricity by 2015, and is moving aggressively to achieve it. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has announced the rates for the new feed in tariff scheme under the Renewable Electricity Plan. Full details can be viewed here but in brief the rates are:Continue reading the post titled Nova Scotia serious about green electricity
Guidance for Environmental Site Assessments
Now that Reg. 153/04 sets strict new standards for Environmental Site Assessments of contaminated sites, it is good news that the Ministry of the Environment has finally released its guidance document for performing those ESAs. Although the new rules are only mandatory when seeking a Record…Continue reading the post titled Guidance for Environmental Site Assessments
Climate change and heatstroke
Just as Natural Resources Canada predicted, climate change (from greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from burning fossil fuels) is bringing us immense human, environmental and economic damage from heat waves, drought and wildfires. I have already had a person become ill this week with heatstrok…Continue reading the post titled Climate change and heatstroke
Solar Community Bonds
Another Green Energy Act and Feed In Tariff: success: Solar community bonds are now available, so that community members can invest in, and profit from, local renewable power generation. Congratulations to the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative! Meanwhile, Environmental Defence has put out…Continue reading the post titled Solar Community Bonds
Extra soil: what can go where?
The soil movement limits imposed by regulation 153/04 on July 1, 2011 have greatly complicated the task of contractors and developers wishing to obtain or dispose of excess construction soil. Strictly speaking, the new regulation only applies if the destination site wishes to be able to obta…Continue reading the post titled Extra soil: what can go where?