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$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 [...]

Noise Pollution

Noise pollution has been around for a long time. There’s even a reference going back to the 3rd millennium B.C., in the Epic of Gilgamesh: “The uproar of mankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by reason of the babble.” For an overview of noise regulation law in Ontario, Canada, see our blog post [...]

MOE explains its new Noise Guideline, NPC 300

Last month, the Ministry of the Environment's new noise guideline came into force: NPC 300 - the new Environmental Noise Guideline: Stationary and Transportation Sources – Approval and Planning. It replaces the three old guidelines, LU-131, NPC-205, and NPC-232. NPC 300 includes new mitigation options, definitions, and a new land use class. Last week we had the opportunity to attend [...]

More details on the new NPC 300 noise guideline

Ontario's updated Noise Guideline, NPC 300, mentioned in yesterday’s post, is not identical to the draft posted for comments in 2010. For example, there will be no Class 5 areas. The Ministry of the Environment describes the changes from the original draft as follows: "59 comments were received on the proposal. Comments were received from [...]

Good news: updated Ontario noise guideline

After three years of consideration, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment has adopted a more up-to-date guideline for assessing noise impacts.   “Environmental Noise Guideline Stationary and Transportation Sources – Approval and Planning, Publication NPC-300” is now in force. See NPC 300 or go to the Environmental Registry website at www.ebr.gov.on.ca and enter Registry Number 011-0597 NPC-300 [...]

An introduction to the law of noise pollution

Dianne gave a well received introduction to the law of noise pollution at the Ontario Bar Association's Halloween breakfast. Topics included what is noise, who regulates it, how the Environmental Protection Act applies, enforcement under the EPA,  bylaws and the OMB, and civil suits for nuisance. For a copy of the presentation (minus the scary soundeffects) [...]