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Ontario industries can finally burn waste not coal

Ontario's energy intensive industries have finally been permitted to burn many kinds of waste, in place of coal. Cement companies, among others, are now looking for sufficient quantities of eligible biomass they can dry and burn to fuel their kilns. With cap and trade on the way, this is an important and overdue step to allow [...]

Even brief discharges must be reported

Metcan Industries, which manufactures synthetic slag products, was convicted of  failing to report a discharge of particulate that lasted "a couple of minutes". The company was fined $10,000 plus the $2,5000 victim fine surcharge, under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act.(It is unclear from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change News Release why the company [...]

$350,000+ fine for cement plant dust and noise

Essroc Canada Inc. was fined $350,000, plus the victim fine surcharge of $87,500, for dust and noise from its cement manufacturing facility near Picton. The fine was suggested jointly by the company and by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Essroc pleaded guilty to discharging dust on three days and to emitting too much noise for several months, contrary [...]

Carnival Shut Down for Air Pollution Health Hazard

In August 2012, the Health Services Appeal and Review Board (HSARB), for the first time ever, held air pollution (aside from second hand smoke) to be a “health hazard” under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA). Under section 13(1) of the Act, a public health inspector may order any person to take action, or [...]

Shell Canada charged for Chemical Valley spill

In January of 2013, Shell Canada allegedly spilled "flare liquids", similar to gasoline, from its refinery in Sarnia. People in a nearby First Nation (often affected by Chemical Valley spills) experienced odours, irritation and illness. After waiting until the end of the two year limitation period, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has charged Shell with [...]

Sydney Tar Ponds Environmental Class Action is over

The neighbours wanted to hold the federal and provincial governments liable for air, water and soil pollution caused by the historic Sydney steel mill and coke works