Ivory Smuggler Guilty – Narwhal Tusk Trafficking: $385,000 Penalty
The federal government is continuing its strategy of infrequent environmental prosecutions with large penalties. Last week, Gregory (Greg) Logan, of Woodmans Point, New Brunswick, was convicted of seven offences for the illegal export of 250 Narwhal ivory tusks to the United States over sev…Continue reading the post titled Ivory Smuggler Guilty – Narwhal Tusk Trafficking: $385,000 Penalty
Reminder: Filing Toxic Substance Reduction Plan Summaries
The Ministry of the Environment has reminded Ontario businesses that toxic substance reduction plan summaries under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and its regulation (O. Reg. 455/09) must be filed through Environment Canada’s Single Window (formerly known as the One Window to National Enviro…Continue reading the post titled Reminder: Filing Toxic Substance Reduction Plan Summaries
Higher minimum federal fines start to bite: $60,000 for dry cleaner
Ashford Cleaners Inc., a Toronto dry cleaner operating in Toronto, Ontario, is one of the first to pay the new, higher fines for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999), as it was amended last year. Ashfor Cleaners agreed to pay $60,000 to the Environmenta…Continue reading the post titled Higher minimum federal fines start to bite: $60,000 for dry cleaner
Perverse Abitibi test produces perverse results in Nortel, Northstar appeals
The Ontario Court of Appeal has released its decisions in the Ministry of the Environment’s appeals from Justice Geoffrey Morawetz in Re Nortel and Re Northstar. In both cases, Justice Morawetz rejected MOE attempts to claim priority over secured creditors by ordering insolvent compani…Continue reading the post titled Perverse Abitibi test produces perverse results in Nortel, Northstar appeals
Model Sewer Bylaw spreading across Canada
In 2009, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) adopted a national Waste Water Effluents Strategy that recommends/expects municipalities to adopt and implement an updated sewer use bylaw. The text of the recommended CCME Model Sewer Use By-Law is set out in a 2006 repo…Continue reading the post titled Model Sewer Bylaw spreading across Canada
What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?
People who actually live with and host wind turbines on their properties are rarely heard in the emotional debate on wind farms and health. Australian filmmaker and researcher Neil Barrett is giving this critical group a voice in his excellent short film, The way the wind blows. Evidence aro…Continue reading the post titled What will it take for facts to overcome fear about wind turbines?
Approvals Reform to tackle Brownfields/ Surplus soil issues
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has announced another round of consultations on Modernization of Approvals. This time, they say, they will tackle the high stakes problems of surplus soil movements and contaminated sites. See presentation, Brownfields Modernization.Continue reading the post titled Approvals Reform to tackle Brownfields/ Surplus soil issues
Ministry of Transport pays $250,000 for Fisheries Act charges
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has plead guilty to two charges under the old federal Fisheries Act, and has agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty. The charges were laid by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and relate to sediment released from a Highway 11 construction project near B…Continue reading the post titled Ministry of Transport pays $250,000 for Fisheries Act charges
Ontario Power Generation Intends to Double Size of Radioactive Waste Burial on Lake Huron.
The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and a consortium of environmental groups has requested that the Federal Joint Review Panel suspend hearings assessing the Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) radioactive waste dump proposal until the company clarifies its stance on the status of…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Power Generation Intends to Double Size of Radioactive Waste Burial on Lake Huron.
US EPA again proposes carbon standards for new sources in power plants
Since the US Congress can’t, or won’t, regulate greenhouse gases, President Obama is moving ahead to do so using his executive powers and the existing Clean Air Act. The US Environmental Protection Agency has proposed revised greenhouse gas “New Source” performance st…Continue reading the post titled US EPA again proposes carbon standards for new sources in power plants