Wind and health?
Do wind turbines harm human health? No, says the Ontario Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, in a report released today. Claims of adverse health effects have been taken very seriously, as the Ministry of the Environment evaluates numerous applications for renewable energy approvals …Continue reading the post titled Wind and health?
Wastewater system regulations – what will they mean?
For an excellent analysis of the proposed federal Wastewater System Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act, see CWWA. The proposed regulations will significantly tighten wastewater treatment standards across the country, and have major cost and liability implications for municipalities.Continue reading the post titled Wastewater system regulations – what will they mean?
Approvals reform Bill introduced
Two environmental Bills were introduced into the Ontario Legislature this week: approvals reform, and a major push to develop and export clean water technology. For most Ontario businesses, the approvals reform package will be, by far, the most important. The Bill will amend the Environmenta…Continue reading the post titled Approvals reform Bill introduced
Green Energy Act to force conserving electricity
Ontario proposes stricter energy efficiency standards for an eclectic range of products, including torchieres, gas-fired unit heaters, wine chillers, windows, residential air conditioners, commercial clothes washers, oil fired swimming pool heaters, and set top boxes.Continue reading the post titled Green Energy Act to force conserving electricity
10 years after Walkerton
Ten years after the Walkerton water disaster, it’s worth remembering how badly the Mike Harris government handled it. It was bad enough that their rushed and sloppy withdrawal of the provincial laboratory service allowed the contamination to be hidden for days. It was worse that munici…Continue reading the post titled 10 years after Walkerton
When environmental penalties when first proposed, one of the big concerns of the business community was the risk of double jeopardy: giving information to the Ministry of the Environment in the hope of minimizing an environmental penalty, only to have that same information used against one i…Continue reading the post titled Double dipping
First Nations, Métis and Renewable Energy
First Nations are playing an ever-expanding role in the siting of new renewable energy projects. Now, the new Aboriginal Energy Partnership Program (AEPP) will help First Nations and Métis communities to develop and own renewable energy projects. Funding applications are already being …Continue reading the post titled First Nations, Métis and Renewable Energy
Electricity conservation getting serious
Ontario’s landmark Green Energy Act (GEA) was passed a year ago, on May 14, 2009, to bring us major changes in energy conservation and renewable energy. Big subsidies have ramped up renewable energy generation, through the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs. Now it’s time for energy …Continue reading the post titled Electricity conservation getting serious
Can garbage give us gas?
Energy from waste was anathema to Ontario regulators twenty years ago, but now they have changed their mind, due to better technology, a critical shortage of landfill space and strong demand for renewable sources of energy. One increasingly popular way is through biogas. Instead of burning t…Continue reading the post titled Can garbage give us gas?
Environmental auditing – its own profession?
Should environmental auditing become its own profession? Dianne gave a highly anticipated Keynote address to the annual meeting of the Auditing Association of Canada in beautiful Kananaskis, Alberta. She reviewed the defining characteristics of a self regulated profession, and the advantages…Continue reading the post titled Environmental auditing – its own profession?