Environmental Justice Legislation

Posted by on May 30, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

Legislation to enact Environmental Justice is moving forward.  The concept of Environmental Justice or “EJ,” has been gaining momentum for several years. EJ in the United States Over the past two years, our neighbours in the United States have heavily integrated EJ into nearly every federal government agency.  In the US, EJ originated in a 1994 Executive Order under President, Bill Clinton. Bill C-226 – Environmental Justice EJ is being advanced in Bill C-226, “An Act...

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Environmental Compliance Tips and Insights

Posted by on May 10, 2023 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 and Insights 2022 June: Types of Environmental Violations in Ontario What are the four types of environmental violations in Ontario? According to the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks, there are four specific types...

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PFOS Still Detected and Update on Litigation over Plastics Ban

Posted by on May 9, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) said that perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is still leaching from the Hamilton International Airport Property above the threshold numbers.  PFOS is one of the thousands of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have been found around the world that pose potential harm to human health and environment. PFOS at Hamilton Airport Health Canada states that the maximum acceptable concentration for PFOS...

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Two One Million Dollar Environmental Fines

Posted by on Apr 25, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

Complying with environmental regulations is becoming increasingly complex as there are more regulations (see our February 8, 2023, blog regarding increased regulatory activity) and more regulatory enforcement.  Below we highlight some recent environmental enforcement activity. Release of Gasoline Ends with a $1 Million Fine Not exactly what you might consider a typical environmental enforcement “target,” but Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Enterprise) handles fuel, which poses a...

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Seven Questions Regarding Excess Soil Management in Ontario

Posted by on Mar 24, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

With the key phase of the excess soil regulation in Ontario now in place (as of January 1, 2023), preparing for and managing excess soil has become of vital importance for construction-related projects in 2023. For an overview of the Excess Soil Regulations, see our December 22, 2022, blog “Ontario Excess Soil Requirements for 2023.” Below are some common questions we have seen regarding Excess Soil.  This is not comprehensive.  We encourage you to read the regulations for...

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Health Canada Releases Proposed PFAS Standards

Posted by on Feb 21, 2023 in Blog | 0 comments

In several of our past blogs, we discussed the developing attention by regulators to the environmental contaminants known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  You may recall the April 2021 announcement by Health Canada:  “Notice of intent to address the broad class of PFAS.” In accordance with that April 2021 notice of intent, Health Canada announced on February 10, 2023, the “Draft objective for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in Canadian drinking water.”...

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