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Published on: 1 May 2014 By

Clean Air court win for US Environmental Protection Agency

The US Environmental Protection Agency has won an important court victory that may help clean the air in Ontario. About half of the air pollution in southern Ontario blows in from the US, mostly from coal-fired power generation stations. The EPA has been trying, for many years, to force thos…

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Published on: 28 Apr 2014 By

Waste Diversion Ontario and Stewardship Ontario to arbitrate

Waste diversion in Ontario is spawning an unusual amount of litigation this year. Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO), the delegated administrative authority which oversees several waste diversion programs under the Waste Diversion Act, is sending its breach of contract dispute with Stewardship On…

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Published on: 24 Apr 2014 By

Environment Ministry to loosen law for waste-based alternative fuels that displace coal

Kudos to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for finally coming to grips, at least a little, with the adverse environmental and environmental effects of labeling too many productive activities as “waste disposal”. The ministry’s proposed regulatory changes will remove t…

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Published on: 17 Apr 2014 By

Supreme Court of Canada gives Chevron permission to appeal Ecuador pollution decision

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted Chevron’s application for leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal decision allowing Ecuadorian plaintiffs to sue here to try to collect their $18 billion Ecuador pollution judgment. According to a US court, that award was based on fraud. Our …

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Published on: 16 Apr 2014 By

Another fine for not reporting flyrock as environmental discharge

Last year, Castonguay Blasting lost its appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada against a conviction for failing to report flyrock as an environmental “discharge” under the Environmental Protection Act. Now they have been fined $75,000 for essentially the same offence on another oc…

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Published on: 10 Apr 2014 By

Good news: clarity to come on single use battery “recycling” in Ontario

What should count as battery “recycling”? Is it good enough to melt single use batteries into nickel mill slag, which is put in roadbeds as “aggregate”? Or should we insist on up-cycling end of life batteries, i.e. carefully separating and reusing each of the hazardous components…

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Published on: 8 Apr 2014 By

First “climate refugee” case going to appeal in New Zealand

On 1st May, 2014, the New Zealand Court of Appeal will hear Ioane Teitiota’s claim to become the world’s first climate refugee. Mr. Teitota is from a remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati, one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth. He is trying to convince New Zealand jud…

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