Construction Activity May Benefit from Proposed Changes to Water Taking

Posted by on Nov 23, 2020 in Press | 0 comments

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...

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More Environmental Regulatory Changes in Ontario

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

In our December 20, 2019, blog we discussed some of the changes to the (Ontario) Environmental Protection Act.  Most notably, we provided information with respect to excess soils management; however, the government of Ontario revealed other changes at the end of 2019. In the Backgrounder titled, “Regulations and Statues in Force as of January 1, 2020,” a list of changes (across several ministries) were shared. With respect to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation,...

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Do You Know if You Need a Permit to Take Water?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Do you need a permit to take water (PTTW)?  You might be surprised.  This regulation may apply to your current business activities.  To avoid a potential violation, make sure you understand the PTTW permitting requirements.  Also, as we point out below, document your activities. When am I required to apply for a PTTW? In Ontario, under the Ontario Water Resources Act and Ontario Regulation 387/04, you are generally required to have a permit if you are taking 50,000 litres...

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Managing Excess Soils in Ontario

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

How you manage excess soils is increasingly important to the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP). The MECP might be more recognizable under its former name, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).  If it’s important to the MECP, it’s important to the regulated community. Concerns about managing excess soils was mentioned as one of the top environmental management priorities for the regulated community in our recent survey.  That’s...

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What to do When You Discover a Leaking Underground Storage Tank?

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Blog |

You’ve just discovered that your underground storage tank (UST) and/or associated underground piping has been leaking petroleum products into the environment.  The difference between this becoming an expensive nightmare and “just” a response activity may depend on your measured response.  Certainly, you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to minimize your release and the subsequent impact to human health and the environment while maintaining compliance. While...

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