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Problems with Soil Dumping and Leachate Mismanaged

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While there is a lot of press over big-pictures issues, including PFAS, climate change, and pollution from plastic waste, environmental management issues; however, are not nearly as lofty or newsworthy.  Environmental management issues are likely to be far more pedestrian, like “What do we do with all this soil?” Dumping Soil and Debris in Open Lots One of those management issues that we talked about on numerous occasions is the soil and debris from construction activity (see Management of Excess Soils in Ontario: Official Changes Begin in...

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Releases Impacting Surface Waters in Canada

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Releases to the subsurface (from underground storage tanks, pipelines, etc.) are far less visible to the public.  Often these releases, which can lead to groundwater remediation, can go undetected for hours, days, weeks, or even years.  Surface water releases, on the other hand, can be very visible and can quickly get the attention of Environmental Health and Safety professionals, regulators, and the public. There were several releases to surface water reported that did get attention.  These releases remind us why it is important to have a...

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Changes to Industrial Effluent Program in Ontario

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The proposal on October 22, 2019 (comment period closed on December 6, 2019) to revoke (and replace with Environmental Compliance Approval) the Municipal Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA) has been met with opposition from some environmental groups.  This is not too dissimilar to just about any proposed changes to environmental regulation. Proposed Changes to Industrial Effluent Program The summary of the proposed regulation on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry reads, “We are proposing to transfer requirements from Ontario’s...

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More Environmental Regulatory Changes in Ontario

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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, and Parks (MECP), there were several updates.  Below are some of these...

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Management of Excess Soils in Ontario: Official Changes Begin in 2020

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As anticipated, management of excess soils in Ontario has officially been changed.  On December 4, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) filed the On-Site and Excess Soil Management Regulation.  This includes associated changes to Ontario’s Record of Site Condition and Waste Management Regulation. Statement from the MECP In the official release from the MECP Minister, Jeff Yurek states, “As Ontario’s population continues to grow, we need to ensure our valuable resources and prime land don’t go to...

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More Environmental Enforcement News and Update on Air Release in Hamilton

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The Environmental Emergency regulations are not brand new.  Yes, these regulations did go through the repeal and replace process this past summer (August 24, 2019), but they were enacted in 2003, and we were discussing the E2 Regulation in 2016. In general, we have been suggesting that our clients be watchful with respect to the potential for more environmental enforcement action.  With that said, the recent E2 enforcement action, which you may have read about in the news, dates back to a July 2016 order.  Nevertheless, it should serve as a...

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Proposed Changes to Penalties for Environmental Violations in Ontario

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In our blog on October 30th, “Enforcement of Environmental Laws in Canada,” we discussed what appears to be an increased cost of not complying with environmental laws across Canada. As we said then, environmental protection laws and the penalties associated with non-compliance are constantly changing.  And, indeed, more (proposed) changes are upon us. Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019 Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019 (Posted October 28, 2019) “…aims to modernize regulatory requirements that are...

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Enforcement of Environmental Laws in Canada

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It was about ten months ago in our first blog of 2019 that we shared news of two environmental fines: A pulp and paper company was ordered to pay $3.5 million for violations of the Fisheries Act. A seafood company was fined $115,000 for contravening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. It was just the next month in our February 28th blog where we again shared more enforcement news:  Syncrude paid $3 million for violating the Migratory Birds Act, and Green For Life (GFL) paid $300,000 – not for an actual release, but for an...

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A Fine From a Release, A “Scary” Release, and Potential Regulation of Releases

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If you are in charge of environmental management, then no one needs to tell you that it can be complex and even frustrating. It requires knowing which regulations apply to your facilities, training your employees so they don’t unknowingly violate the regulations, and keeping a watchful eye on developing regulations. The three updates below provide us with a reminder of why environmental managers must not only develop and implement good internal policies, but why they also need to keep a good pulse on developing regulations. $50,000 Fine in...

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Finding Solutions to Pervasive Environmental Contamination Issues

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By nearly every measure, Canadians today live, work, and play in a cleaner and safer environment than in past generations.  From required environmental permitting and limiting various discharges to assessing and tracking chemical use and the growth of less-toxic alternatives for personal products and manufacturing processes…we have made tremendous progress.  But, and you knew a “but” was coming, there are still no shortages of issues that require our attention. Age-Old Problem of Sewage Still Plagues Canada One of the most important...

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