$50,000 fine for one month's BOD in sewage
Oakrun Farm Bakery Ltd. of Hamilton pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its industrial sewage works environmental compliance approval (ECA), and was fined $50,000 (+25% VFS), total $62,500.Continue reading the post titled $50,000 fine for one month's BOD in sewage
Why should MOE encourage soil banking?
The story of how 230,000 cubic metres of recycled fill came to be headed for the new roadway interchange at Laird Road and Hanlon Expressway is a good one.Continue reading the post titled Why should MOE encourage soil banking?
GHG regulation by US EPA upheld
Can the US Environmental Protection Agency enforce its ambitious greenhouse gas emission rules under the Clean Air Act? Yes, according to the Endangerment Opinion of the District of Columbia US Court of Appeals:Continue reading the post titled GHG regulation by US EPA upheld
ECO on Green Energy Act and Conservation
The prolific Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has issued his Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report for 2011 under the Green Energy Act, and he isn’t very impressed.Continue reading the post titled ECO on Green Energy Act and Conservation
Veolia Poop Pellets Escape
Veolia Water Canada Inc. makes fertilizer pellets (sold as Nutri-Pel) from secondary sewage sludge. It was fined $70,000 for letting some of them escape into a creek.Continue reading the post titled Veolia Poop Pellets Escape
Kawartha Lakes to seek leave to appeal
The City of Kawartha Lakes has given notice that it will seek leave to appeal the Divisional Court’s decision, which upheld an MOE order against it. The Order required Kawartha Lakes, the victim of a third party oil spill, to pay for the cleanup of that spill on public property. This i…Continue reading the post titled Kawartha Lakes to seek leave to appeal
Quarry approved on Escarpment
Did you think the Niagara Escarpment was actually protected? A Joint Board of the Ontario Municipal Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal have conditionally approved a massive new Walker Brothers quarry on the Niagara Escarpment, over the objections of the Niagara Escarpment Commission…Continue reading the post titled Quarry approved on Escarpment
Fisheries Act: Weaker or Tougher?
With Bill C-38, the omnibus Budget Implementation Act, Bill C-38, the Conservative government will bring sweeping changes to Canada’s environmental landscape. To make approvals easier for oil sands projects and related pipelines, the Fisheries Act will be particularly affected. Major changes…Continue reading the post titled Fisheries Act: Weaker or Tougher?
Liability for recreational trails
In our December article for Municipal World, we wrote about municipal liability to cyclists for failing to maintain roads in a proper state of repair. Municipalities could similarly find themselves liable as the occupiers of recreational path systems, if the trails are not adequately maintained.Continue reading the post titled Liability for recreational trails
Municipal incentives for Brownfields
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released a very useful website, Municipal Financial Incentives for Brownfield Redevelopment – Trends among Ontario Municipalities to provide information and analysis on how Ontario municipalities are employing planning and financial tools to…Continue reading the post titled Municipal incentives for Brownfields