Drinking water safety: Worried yet about 2013?
Anyone elected to municipal council this fall, October 25, 2010, will still be in office on January 1, 2013, when section 19 of the Safe Drinking Water Act comes into effect. This is the unprecedented duty of care that requires municipal councillors and staff to “act honestly, competen…Continue reading the post titled Drinking water safety: Worried yet about 2013?
False or misleading Records of site condition
Is a site really clean? Can you trust a Record of Site Condition? We keep finding examples of why the Ministry of the Environment had to tighten the obligations of Qualified Persons in Regulation 153/04, the regulation that governs contaminated sites. The regulation requires a Qualified Pers…Continue reading the post titled False or misleading Records of site condition
Building codes, waterless urinals and rooftop solar
Ontario has finally adopted the regulation that it promised last May, to prevent building codes and 23 other types of rules from blocking geothermal and rooftop solar projects.Continue reading the post titled Building codes, waterless urinals and rooftop solar
Olympic overhang- transit class action
Governments across the country have already passed laws blocking lawsuits in nuisance against municipalities for sewer and water overflows; it is time to expand those laws to cover the construction of transit.Continue reading the post titled Olympic overhang- transit class action
More about Oakville
Dear Readers, Since you have shown so much interest in the Oakville air permit bylaw, here is some additional information:Continue reading the post titled More about Oakville
Can Oakville make power plant get municipal air permit?
Can municipalities insist that local industries obtain municipal air permits, in addition to those issued by the province?Continue reading the post titled Can Oakville make power plant get municipal air permit?
Feds to regulate municipal wastewater
Environment Canada has released 74 pages of proposed regulations on municipal sewage treatment. Once in force, these regulations will set standards for effluent and reporting from about 4000 municipal wastewater facilities, and will considerably tighten discharge standards for many of these …Continue reading the post titled Feds to regulate municipal wastewater
What's happening with BPA?
In the last two years, there has been lots of public concern about consumer exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) in soft drinks, baby bottles, etc.). Many vendors and retailers withdrew their BPA products; eco leaders now carry metal water bottles instead of plastic. Environment Canada is now plann…Continue reading the post titled What's happening with BPA?
MOE bracing for renewable energy approvals
The Ministry of Environment is bracing for the 500 to 800 renewable energy approval applications that they expect to receive once the Ontario Power Authority issues its Feed In Tariff contract offers, starting in March. An approvals team has been assembled. Amid extensive internal consultati…Continue reading the post titled MOE bracing for renewable energy approvals