Scientifically Valid Evidence of Oil Sand Tailings Contamination?

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

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...

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A 10-Second Environmental Compliance Check Up

Posted by on Sep 10, 2020 in Blog |

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 October: Environmental Permits for New Manufacturing Plant in Ontario I’m opening a new manufacturing plant in Ontario. What environmental assessments/permits might I need? Depending on what you are manufacturing, chemicals used,...

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Environmental Issues on Land and Sea

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

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),...

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

Posted by on Aug 13, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

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...

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Will This Make Hazardous Waste Reporting Easier in Ontario?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

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...

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U.S. Pipelines Shut Down: Will This Impact Canada?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Recent decisions in the United States (U.S.) regarding transporting petroleum via pipelines have again opened the debate on pipelines and their potential environmental impact.  These decisions are also a reminder that legal and regulatory decisions in either country can affect their neighbours. Enbridge Line 5 For years, “Line 5” (owned by Enbridge and runs under the Straits of Mackinac) has been targeted by environmental groups as posing too great a risk to the Great...

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