What counts as pollution?
Two recent cases have reached opposite conclusions about what counts as a “contaminant” under Ontario’s Environmental Protection Act (EPA). Neither case seems to make much environmental sense. Why is flyrock a “contaminant”, when reflected light that lures millions of birds to their deaths i…Continue reading the post titled What counts as pollution?
Climate change burns while governments fiddle
Everywhere I look, I see galloping evidence of climate change. Last weekend, southern Ontario watched ski trails and ice rinks melt under the onslaught of record high temperatures and heavy rain. Spring perennials and bulbs were blooming in Toronto gardens, blooms that will be destroyed for …Continue reading the post titled Climate change burns while governments fiddle
Chemtura fined $150,000 for air pollution leak
As environmental fines continue to increase, Chemtura Canada Inc. was fined $150,000, plus the victim fine surcharge of $37,500, for spilling sulphuric acid mist into the air, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act. Chemtura’s Toronto manufacturing facility produces sulfonates an…Continue reading the post titled Chemtura fined $150,000 for air pollution leak
Air pollution: They're cleaner than you think?
Ontario’s air pollution regulation, 419/05, uses an American computer model to estimate how much air pollution from a stationary source reaches a point of impingement, usually the property boundary. This model, AERMOD, is used to determine whether organizations are complying with air e…Continue reading the post titled Air pollution: They're cleaner than you think?
A new twist on anti-wind litigation: the Charter
Because of the social, environmental, and political importance of reducing carbon emissions and switching to renewable sources of energy, the Environmental Protection Act requires wind opponents to show that a renewable energy project will cause serious harm to human health, or serious and i…Continue reading the post titled A new twist on anti-wind litigation: the Charter
Fine for breach of court order to cleanup waste
A Toronto company was fined $45,000 plus victim fine surcharges of $11,250 for failing to comply with a Court Order to remove waste materials from a mill site. 2023682 Ontario Inc. operate a mill site in Coleman Township. The company was originally convicted of failing to comply with a Minis…Continue reading the post titled Fine for breach of court order to cleanup waste
Energy transparency in Ontario public schools, a small step in the right direction
Congratulations to Gord Miller, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner. Hours after he chided the province for concealing energy consumption information in public buildings, the province announced that energy consumption information for schools will be made public by July 1. It’s a…Continue reading the post titled Energy transparency in Ontario public schools, a small step in the right direction
Dust from asphalt plant triggers $81,250 penalty
Ingram Asphalt Inc. was fined $65,000 plus victim fine surcharges of $16,250 for discharging dust and particulate adversely impacting the surrounding environment and community. The company failed to notify the ministry of the dust emissions and did not comply with conditions of a ministry order.Continue reading the post titled Dust from asphalt plant triggers $81,250 penalty
Renewable Fuels requirements watered down
Environment Canada announced over the holidays that it will water down renewable fuels requirements in the 2010 Renewable Fuels Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Home heating oil will be permanently exempt from the 2% renewable content requirement across the countr…Continue reading the post titled Renewable Fuels requirements watered down
Strong opposition to sewage processing facility foiled by filing error
Lystek’s controversial sewage sludge processing facility in Southgate, Ontario, will not face an appeal of its Environmental Compliance Approvals, because opponents, after fighting the facility for so long, made a critical error in seeking leave to appeal. See Green v. Ontario.Continue reading the post titled Strong opposition to sewage processing facility foiled by filing error