A 10-Second Environmental Compliance Check Up

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 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 519-979-4500, ext. 114. Environmental Compliance Tips 2019 May: NPRI Reporting What are the three main factors that determine if I need to submit an NPRI report? According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, the three main factors are: The activities that take place at your facility The...

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Environmental Emergency Regulations and Upcoming Final Regulations

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

In August 2019, the updated Environmental Emergency (E2 Regulations) will officially repeal and replace the existing Environmental Emergency Regulations.  What exactly does his mean and how can you prepare now for updated E2 Regulations?  We provide some details below. As we stated in October 2016, the E2 Regulations are, in principle, based on, and in response to, the 1984 disaster in Bhopal, India.  That 1984 incident released 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate and resulted...

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“Green” Canada and Sustainability: 26 Targets Outlined by the Federal Government

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

While most everyone is familiar with efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), what is far less familiar is the federal government’s focus on the larger issue of sustainability.  For background, see the Federal Sustainability Development Act. Making Canada One of the “Greenest Countries in the World” This ambitious sustainability plan was recently updated (13 March 2019).  As stated in the report, it includes “…13 aspirational goals supported by measurable targets...

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Releases to the Environment, Hefty Fines, and Controversial Regulations

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Attempts to create a safer workplace and reduce risks of releases are as old as mankind.  The Code of Hammurabi from about 1750 BCE addressed building codes, and Lloyds of London’s first registry addressed safety and risk dating back to 1834. Today, we have entire disciplines devoted to reducing these risks.  We also have laws and regulations with respect to chemical handling, management, and disposal. Through modern safety and risk management practices, we have greatly...

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Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Environmental Liability will Impact Lenders

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

It was one year ago that we shared what we believed was an important case before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC).  See Supreme Court of Canada Considers Environmental Liability Case.  We, along with others, suggested that this case had potentially far-reaching consequences. On January 31, 2019, the SCC handed down their much-anticipated decision in Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd. (“The Redwater Decision”).  Redwater refers to Redwater Energy Corporation. ...

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Canadian Financial Institutions and the Paris Agreement: An Ambitious 3-Year Plan

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

I remember hearing an astrophysicist say that there are 76 quadrillion tons of biodeposits on the earth… coal, oil, natural gas, metals, etc.  I’m not sure how accurate this number is, but I’ll take his word for it. These biodeposits play a key role in human civilization and allow life to flourish.  They provide nutrients for plant growth which in turn feeds other animals.  The plants provide life-giving oxygen and use carbon dioxide that is increasingly more abundant in...

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