Coal phase out when?
Ontario is having a hard time deciding which it wants more: clean power, or cheap power? As required by Ontario regulations, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will shut down all four of their remaining coal-fired thermal stations – Atikokan, Lambton, Nanticoke and Thunder Bay – by December 31, …View the post titled Coal phase out when?
Liability caps and disasters
Does environmental law help prevent high risk spills? In at least one area, the law makes a unique contribution to making things worse. We encourage investors, insurers, and other financial players to take ultra high risks by capping their exposure to third-party damages. Canada’s Nuclea…View the post titled Liability caps and disasters
Know how to safely dispose of surplus pharmaceuticals? Jackie has written an excellent article: Pharmawaste for the professional journal Pharmacy Practice, and has graciously shared it with us. The update is particularly timely, as Ontario will begin a new waste diversion program for pharmac…View the post titled Dumping drugs?
How toxic is your home?
A new environmental health guide for consumers is now available from Health Canada: Hazardcheck. The guide provides good, basic safety information about keeping a home safe, including how to read labels on household chemical products, and the importance of adequate ventilation.View the post titled How toxic is your home?
Environment or economy?
The Conference Board of Canada predicts that investments in technology to prevent and adapt to climate change will have major economic benefits. The report, The Economic and Employment Impacts of Climate-Related Technology Investments concludes that climate-friendly technology investments ca…View the post titled Environment or economy?
Building excellence in the business of water
Bill 72, The Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act.[i], received first reading on May 18, 2010. Once granted Royal Assent, the Act is expected to advance water treatment technology, create jobs, promote water conservation and sustain water infrastructure. The Water Opportunities Act…View the post titled Building excellence in the business of water
Transocean seeks to cap liability for Gulf spill
One of the biggest ways that our legal system contributes to enormous, high-risk accidents, is to allow those responsible to limit their financial liability. This allows them to raise money from investors, and obtain insurance, for high-risk activities that the government wishes to support.…View the post titled Transocean seeks to cap liability for Gulf spill
A new light on CDM
India is giving the Clean Development Mechanism, for fighting climate change, a new twist.[vi] The CDM allows companies and individuals in the rich world to obtain carbon credits by paying for emission reductions in the Third World. One key obstacle has been the high transaction costs of get…View the post titled A new light on CDM
More on approvals reform
Bill 68, the 166 page Open for Business Act [i] is now available for download. The Bill establishes a framework for reform of environmental approvals, as part of a three-year initiative intended to foster more efficient government services to business, while continuing to protect the enviro…View the post titled More on approvals reform
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