Scorecard of North American pollution
5.5 billion kilograms of toxic pollutant releases and transfers were reported in 2005. Canadian and US petroleum refineries and bulk storage terminals, alone, release about 7 million kilograms of carcinogens and developmental or reproductive toxicants every year.View the post titled Scorecard of North American pollution
Drive Clean gets serious- $100,000 fine
Previous Drive Clean fines had tended to be modest, despite the financial incentive to cheat. This $125,000 penalty should make cheating less attractive.View the post titled Drive Clean gets serious- $100,000 fine
Can municipalities rein in speedboats?
The Québec Court of Appeal will soon hear a fascinating case on the power of municipalities to regulate speedboats.View the post titled Can municipalities rein in speedboats?
Infrastructure P3 builders liable for nuisance
Similar facts could easily arise on many other infrastructure projects across Canada; there is almost always a more expensive alternative that would reduce disruption for nearby residents and businesses. And governments rarely select that alternative.View the post titled Infrastructure P3 builders liable for nuisance
Not every spill is an offence
The Ontario Court of Justice has acquitted a company that spilled caustic soda on a road, on the grounds that the spill did not cause an adverse effect.View the post titled Not every spill is an offence
New Approach to Air Reg. 419/05
Ontario hopes to reduce its transaction costs (and, perhaps, to avoid a court challenge to its O.Reg. 419/05) by grouping more than one facility within a sector, and by offering some sectors the option to use technology-based standards instead of points of impingement.View the post titled New Approach to Air Reg. 419/05
Federal carbon offset system, 2.0
This week, the Conservatives announced a summary of their own carbon offset system and promised more detailed rules in the fall. They look a lot like the ones we almost had in 2005.View the post titled Federal carbon offset system, 2.0
Why won't environmental consultants stand behind their work?
Why won't Canada's environmental consultants stand behind their work?View the post titled Why won't environmental consultants stand behind their work?
Green Energy Act Regulations released
The Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources have released draft regulations that could allow them to start issuing renewable energy approvals early next year.View the post titled Green Energy Act Regulations released
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