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Construction Activity May Benefit from Proposed Changes to Water Taking

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The Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 63/16 to allow a greater number of “low risk, short-term water-taking activities” to register on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) instead of obtaining a Permit to Take Water (PTTW) or Environmental Compliance Approval. In the Discussion Paper provided by the MECP they state, “These amendments include introducing low risk pumping tests with well understood impacts as a new prescribed activity for registration on the...

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Environmental Violations Lead to Fines

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Environmental violations and the subsequent penalties can take months or years to “settle.”  When the violation is of federal environmental laws, there is the potential prospect of getting your name added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. According to the Government of Canada, “The registry includes convictions of corporations obtained through court proceedings.  Court prosecutions are one of several enforcement measures that may be used when violations or potential violations are detected.” Two of the three summaries below resulted in...

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A 10-Second Environmental Compliance Check Up

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If you have a question about an environmental compliance issue, or would like us to address a specific environmental compliance issue in the future, contact Christopher Paré, P.Geo. at 519-948-7300, ext. 114. Environmental Compliance Tips 2020 December: Environmental Notices Where do I find notices of proposed changes in environmental laws/regulations in Ontario? The Environmental Registry. The Registry contains public notices about environmental matters being proposed by all government ministries covered by the Environmental Bill of Rights....

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Redeveloping Brownfield Sites in Ontario

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Which will work better for your new commercial development?  A Brownfield or a Greenfield?  A site with an “environmental history” obviously presents some complications, but if the location is right and the price is appealing, then the Brownfield Site may hold greater value. The old school of thought that suggested you dismiss out of hand, old industrial sites and focus only on Greenfields, may mean you are missing out on the ideal location. Thanks to the Record of Site Condition O. Regulation 153/04 passed on October 1, 2004, property...

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Canadian Companies Face Environmental Enforcement in Canada and the US

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Environmental Enforcement stories tend to get attention.  Sometimes it’s an indication of a trend or enforcement initiative, or it may be that a case has reached a conclusion.  Regardless, they are usually interesting unless, of course, it hits too close to home. The two enforcement cases below couldn’t be more different.  The first case was interesting because we have been following the ongoing enforcement at dry cleaners in Canada… the second because it crosses the border and it has some interesting history. Dry Cleaner Ordered to Pay...

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Environmental Issues at Old Manufacturing Plant In Ontario

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Addressing environmental issues at old manufacturing plants that have been shuttered can be a significant undertaking.  The storage and use of chemicals and products used in decades past may have been perfectly legal and acceptable at the time.  These same practices may now be both illegal and pose human health and environmental risks. Century-Old Manufacturing Plant is Potential Source of Contamination We were reminded of these risks again recently as the closed General Motors (GM) Plant in St. Catharines, Ontario, has been identified for...

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Scientifically Valid Evidence of Oil Sand Tailings Contamination?

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According to a report in the CBC, “An environmental watchdog says it has found ‘scientifically valid evidence’ that Alberta’s oilsands tailings ponds are contaminating groundwater sources.” The group, Commission for Environmental Cooperation, did not elaborate on the specifics of this evidence in the CBC report, but the CBC report includes the 200-page report “Alberta Tailings Pond II.” One section of the report is “State of the Science in Environmental Chemical Forensics for Distinguishing Natural and Anthropogenic Sources of...

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Environmental Issues on Land and Sea

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Environmental issues on land and sea were recently in the news.  While releases to the surface are pretty familiar territory for most environmental professionals, environmental issues involving the seas are fairly rare, at least for us landlubbers. Disposal at Sea It may not be widely known that there are materials that may be legally disposed at sea, including: dredged material (e.g., from dredging operations in shipping channels), fish waste (common on the east coast), vessels, rocks, and inert/inorganic geologic matter.  No toxic or...

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How Well do You Understand Groundwater and How Contaminants Move in Groundwater?

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Contaminated groundwater can be a significant environmental challenge.  How contaminants move in the groundwater and how to address or remediate groundwater is a common topic of seminars, webinars, and articles (you can view our series of webinars on assessment and remediation of groundwater). While not an uncommon issue, few environmental professionals are fluent in their knowledge of groundwater.  Personally, my environmental undergraduate degree barely touched on groundwater, let alone groundwater contamination.  Many of my colleagues, on...

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Will This Make Hazardous Waste Reporting Easier in Ontario?

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If you are among those who have expressed your displeasure about Ontario’s Hazardous Waste Information System, or HWIN, this may be good news.  The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is proposing to change this with a new “digital reporting service.” Hazardous Waste Reporting in Ontario The MECP has issued (June 19, 2020) a discussion paper, Modernizing Hazardous Waste Reporting in Ontario.  In this document, they state, “We have heard that the current reporting service (HWIN) is difficult to use, resulting in most reports...

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