Environmental Violations Lead to Fines

Posted by on Nov 12, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Environmental violations and the subsequent penalties can take months or years to “settle.”  When the violation is of federal environmental laws, there is the potential prospect of getting your name added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. According to the Government of Canada, “The registry includes convictions of corporations obtained through court proceedings.  Court prosecutions are one of several enforcement measures that may be used when violations or potential...

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A 10-Second Environmental Compliance Check Up

Posted by on Nov 12, 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 December: Environmental Notices Where do I find notices of proposed changes in environmental laws/regulations in Ontario? The Environmental Registry. The Registry contains public notices about environmental matters being proposed by...

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Redeveloping Brownfield Sites in Ontario

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Which will work better for your new commercial development?  A Brownfield or a Greenfield?  A site with an “environmental history” obviously presents some complications, but if the location is right and the price is appealing, then the Brownfield Site may hold greater value. The old school of thought that suggested you dismiss out of hand, old industrial sites and focus only on Greenfields, may mean you are missing out on the ideal location. Thanks to the Record of Site...

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Canadian Companies Face Environmental Enforcement in Canada and the US

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

Environmental Enforcement stories tend to get attention.  Sometimes it’s an indication of a trend or enforcement initiative, or it may be that a case has reached a conclusion.  Regardless, they are usually interesting unless, of course, it hits too close to home. The two enforcement cases below couldn’t be more different.  The first case was interesting because we have been following the ongoing enforcement at dry cleaners in Canada… the second because it crosses the border...

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Environmental Issues at Old Manufacturing Plant In Ontario

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Addressing environmental issues at old manufacturing plants that have been shuttered can be a significant undertaking.  The storage and use of chemicals and products used in decades past may have been perfectly legal and acceptable at the time.  These same practices may now be both illegal and pose human health and environmental risks. Century-Old Manufacturing Plant is Potential Source of Contamination We were reminded of these risks again recently as the closed General...

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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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