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Supreme Court of Canada Considers Environmental Liability Case

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Several years ago, my colleague and I wrote an article with respect to how the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) viewed environmental liability in an incident in Kawartha Lakes.  We were certainly not the only one to express concern about this case.  There is another environmental liability case that is getting plenty of attention. The case, which has been forwarded to the Supreme Court of Canada, is a relatively-small bankruptcy case in Alberta.  However, it is being watched by the Canadian environmental...

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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 519-979-4500, ext. 114. Environmental Compliance Tips 2018 April: Toxic Substance Reduction Plan (TSRP) Do (Ontario) Toxic Substance Reduction Plans Require Updates? Yes.  They are required to be updated every 5 years.  This year (2018) is the first year in the 5-year cycle of permits that will require updates. Also keep in mind that you may have to update your...

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Environmental Enforcement News Focused on Water Impairment

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Environmental compliance is never a “done deal.”  We must be diligent about ongoing obligations as well as potential and actual regulatory changes.  The unfortunate consequence of non-compliance can, at times, lead to enforcement activity.  And in the first couple of months of 2018, we have seen several enforcement cases (Provincial and Federal) reach a conclusion.  Here is a look at some of the enforcement activity thus far in 2018. Discharge to Water Leads to Environmental Violation A Ruthven, Ontario, food manufacturing company was fined...

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Soil and Groundwater Assessment in Ontario and an Updated Option for Site Closures

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Buying and selling commercial/industrial property in Ontario will typically include some level of environmental site assessment.  When this assessment identifies a contaminant above the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC)  Site Condition Standards, the solutions can get complicated, and expensive at times.  An improved “tool” recently modified by the MOECC may be helpful at sites where “additional work” is required to complete the environmental assessment. Ontario Brownfields and Other “Impacted” Sites First, some...

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Potential Changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

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In 2017, we saw several changes to environmental protection at the provincial level.  Just last month, we discussed some of the changes at the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.  Last fall, we shared the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s report with their suggested changes. However, change isn’t confined to the province.  The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) may also be undergoing changes of its own. Reporting under CEPA includes the annual reporting for National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) and...

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Reorganization at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

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On January 12th, we shared the report from the Office of Auditor General of Ontario that stated the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) environmental approval program was, “…not effectively managing the risks to the environment and human health from polluting activities.” In that same report, there were several recommendation made to the MOECC. Last month we shared the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s Report in which additional recommendations were offered to the MOECC. Did these reports have any influence on the...

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PFAS: An Emerging Environmental Contaminant

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It was about a year ago when we mentioned the emerging regulatory concern related to a particular class of persistent organic chemicals:  Polybrominated Diphenyl Esters (PBDEs) (see PBDE:  An Emerging Environmental Regulatory Concern?). There is another group of persistent organic chemicals that have been making news, not just in Canada, but across North America and elsewhere.  Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals that includes Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). Public health and...

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Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s Report

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On October 24, 2017, the Ontario Environmental Commissioner, Dianne Sax, released her 2017 Environmental Protection Report entitled, Good Choices, Bad Choices: Environmental Rights and Environmental Protection in Ontario, to the Ontario Legislature. According to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s (ECO) website, the commissioner is an independent “environmental watchdog” appointed by an all-party committee. The ECO’s lengthy report includes 8 Chapters.  The report covers everything from phosphorus runoff concerns to Environmental Bill...

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Assessing and Understanding Health and Environmental Risks

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Is “it” regulated and/or is “it” an environmental contaminant of concern?  That depends.  It depends because the regulation of chemicals, as well as exposure pathways, change.  In some cases, change is quick and by a lot.  So the answer to that question will depend on when you ask. The changing regulatory landscape is one of many challenges for those managing environmental risks.  Below are some updates on a couple of chemicals/groups (phthalates/BENPAT [1,4-Benzenediamine, N,N’-mixed Phenyl and tolyl derivatives]) recently assessed....

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Six-Figure Fine for Stormwater Violations

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Earlier this year, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) fined a subcontractor $600,000 for the discharge of “sediment-laden water” into nearby streams, for not reporting the discharge, and for failing to employ the best management practices. According to the news release, a stormwater and erosion prevention plan was submitted for review and approved by the MOECC.  It is noteworthy that the main contractor was exonerated because it was specifically outlined in the contract that the subcontractor was responsible for...

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