Credit crunch and brownfields
The spreading credit crisis will inevitably have a significant impact on brownfields redevelopment in Canada. Softer real estate markets and lower industrial profits reduce the potential economic value of contaminated sites. Tougher credit and higher borrowing costs restrict the availability…Continue reading the post titled Credit crunch and brownfields
Parking pad to garden — how hard could it be?
Franke James eventually got Toronto's first permit for a "green" driveway.Continue reading the post titled Parking pad to garden — how hard could it be?
How dangerous is BPA?
This is the first good evidence that BPA may be toxic to adults, not just babies.Continue reading the post titled How dangerous is BPA?
Harper promises more environmental enforcement
Prime Minister Harper promised today a substantial increase in federal environmental enforcement. Some of the proposed changes would be significant improvements.Continue reading the post titled Harper promises more environmental enforcement
PCB Phase Out Now
The Federal Government has adopted new PCB Regulations, SOR/2008-273 to end the use and storage of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).Continue reading the post titled PCB Phase Out Now
New reasons for Toxics Reduction
Ontario’s proposed Toxics Reductions Law gained urgency this week with the distribution of new research on human health impacts of common chemicals. Bisphenol A, widely used in plastic bottles and other food containers, has now been linked with adult cardiac problems. And body loads of…Continue reading the post titled New reasons for Toxics Reduction
The Honey Wagon Blues
Several years ago, the Ministry of the Environment announced, with great fanfare, that it was banning the spreading of untreated septage (human waste from septic tanks, holding tanks and portable toilets). Unfortunately, it proved easier to announce the ban than to find disposal sites for al…Continue reading the post titled The Honey Wagon Blues
Why I'm supporting the Green Shift
The basic concept of the Green Shift is simple: we should tax income less, and pollution more. And the great advantage for consumers is this: for most of us, it’s much less painful to reduce pollution (and thus tax) than it is to reduce income.Continue reading the post titled Why I'm supporting the Green Shift
Carbon Management Centre
It’s great to see that, after years of apparent indifference, Alberta is developing a strong interest in climate change. Water shortages are getting attention. The oil sector has just wrapped up its third international consultation on greening the oil sands. And the University of Calga…Continue reading the post titled Carbon Management Centre
A surprisingly large portion of our practice consists of civil suits against environmental consultants for negligence relating to contaminated sites. We are currently a week into discoveries of such a case. A major consulting firm won a large remediation contract by representing that they ha…Continue reading the post titled Engineer's Negligence
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