Nuclear Liability caps in the US?
Now that Canada is heading for another federal election, Bill C-15, the fourth attempt to update Canadian nuclear liability laws, will again die on the order paper. By now, it is generally accepted that our current $75 million is ridiculously low, but there is less consensus on how it shoul…View the post titled Nuclear Liability caps in the US?
Federal budget 2011 and environment
The federal Budget plan mentions “environment” 74 times, but very few of those references relate to climate change, contamination, air, soil or water. The “environment” that the Budget focuses on is the economic one, such as:View the post titled Federal budget 2011 and environment
Ministry of Education to come under EBR
The Ministry of the Environment is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 73/94 (General) and Ontario Regulation 681/94 (Classification of Proposals for Instruments) made under the Environmental Bill of Rights , 1993. The proposed amendments to O. Reg. 73/94 would, if made, provide that provi…View the post titled Ministry of Education to come under EBR
Green building materials: SM 01350
Some key elements of Section 01350 are procedures to ensure good indoor air quality to protect human health.View the post titled Green building materials: SM 01350
Nuclear Liability caps in Japan
Japan has nuclear liability caps much higher than those in Canada. Under the Law on Compensation for Nuclear Damage, plant operator liability is exclusive and absolute, and power plant operators must provide a ‘financial security amount’ of ¥120 billion ($1.2 billion), 16 times t…View the post titled Nuclear Liability caps in Japan
Children, toxins, energy and renovations
Are you thinking about renovating? As someone now living through a major renovation, I know that it is a big job. There are many complex factors to balance, to get the improvements you want, more or less on time and on budget, and preferably without too many surprises. The last thing you nee…View the post titled Children, toxins, energy and renovations
Nuclear Liability cap in Canada
As Japan battles to prevent nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima, with the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency, anxious eyes are turning to nuclear safety in other countries. Canadian reactors boast a relatively safe design, but still require cooling, and are therefore vulnerab…View the post titled Nuclear Liability cap in Canada
Environmental appeals have to be done right
The Environmental Review Tribunal has reminded all potential appellants that they MUST correctly file their appeals, if they want their case to be heard. In Waterdown Gardens v MOE, a prolonged dispute between the Ministry and the company resulted in two separate orders suspending their cert…View the post titled Environmental appeals have to be done right
Earthquakes and climate change
As the news pours in of yet another catastrophic earthquake, this time in Japan, it is worth pondering the evidence that climate change can cause geological changes, including earthquakes and possibly volcanos. See, for example, VOLCANO: Climate forcing of geological and geomorphological haz…View the post titled Earthquakes and climate change
Upset, concern and worry aren't enough
The Ontario Court of Appeal has agreed: upset, concern and worry aren’t enough to warrant compensation.View the post titled Upset, concern and worry aren't enough
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