Happy Earth Day!
Today is the 40th anniversary of the original Earth Day. Unfortunately, I am far too engaged in trial preparation to write a thoughtful evaluation of the last 40 years, other than the obvious: we have accomplished something useful, but not nearly enough. And to express kudos to Environment M…Continue reading the post titled Happy Earth Day!
Risk Assessments- old numbers or new?
This Technical Update will likely invalidate most risk assessments already submitted to the MOE.Continue reading the post titled Risk Assessments- old numbers or new?
What's toxic in that product?
What’s toxic in consumer products? A law we should have Labels on consumer products like cosmetics contain a long list of ingredients, usually in teeny tiny print, in English and in French. Unfortunately, most of us have no idea how to pronounce the multi-syllable ingredients, or why they a…Continue reading the post titled What's toxic in that product?
Reg. 153/04 changes: impacts on contaminated sites?
Reg. 153/04- changes to rules on contaminated sites Working on contaminated sites? Dianne gave a presentation this week on Reg. 153/04, and the amendments made by 511/09. They mean big changes for people working on sites in Ontario, especially re: tougher cleanup standards; better investigat…Continue reading the post titled Reg. 153/04 changes: impacts on contaminated sites?
Sewage, Environment Canada and surprising statistics
According to Environment Canada, people in Nova Scotia are willing to pay much more for sewage treatment than other Canadians. To justify the multi-billion dollar cost of the new Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act, Environment Canada has produced a table full of …Continue reading the post titled Sewage, Environment Canada and surprising statistics
Environment Canada is of the view that the ...proposed regulations are affordable if all jurisdictions make wastewater funding a priority….Continue reading the post titled Wastewater billions
Cleaning up contamination – extra time has a price
Owners of contaminated sites face stringent new cleanup standards, effective July 1, 2011, under Reg. 153/04. Many owners want to cleanup under the existing, less stringent standards, but cannot finish the cleanup by next July. They can buy an extra 18 months to finish the cleanup, but only …Continue reading the post titled Cleaning up contamination – extra time has a price
Exporting monitors to China
CC Ever Better recently pled guilty in Newmarket provincial court to one charge of attempting to ship a container load of used computer monitors to China for recycling without an export permit, contrary to the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material, contrary…Continue reading the post titled Exporting monitors to China
Climate change, Ultimatum and game theory
Matthew’s Glass novel, Ultimatum, has a compellingly plausible premise. It is 2032. Decades of Copenhagen-type negotiations have produced nothing but broken promises. As the seas and storms rise, low-lying areas like Florida and Louisiana become uninsurable, then uninhabitable (not to mentio…Continue reading the post titled Climate change, Ultimatum and game theory
New cars: greenhouse gas limits and ethanol
Canada will control greenhouse gases, although only when the US does. Last week, Canada and the US jointly announced stricter limits on GHG emissions from new cars (light-duty vehicles). This is the first-ever federal regulation to directly control GHG emissions across Canada. Our federal go…Continue reading the post titled New cars: greenhouse gas limits and ethanol