Zoning our air shed: a new pathway to cleaner air?

Zoning our air shed: a new pathway to cleaner air?

On any given day, Ontarians can look up the Air Quality Health Index  and find out what health risks they face just by breathing. When Ontario closed its coal fire plants, it made a huge difference to the quality of air and had a significant impact on reducing Greenhouse gas emissions as well. But there is more to be done.  

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Ontario industries can finally burn waste not coal

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 Ontario's Large Final Emitters to reduce their carbon emissions.  

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Shell Canada charged for Chemical Valley spill

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 "discharging, or causing, or permitting a discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment that caused or was likely to  

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