Stadacona: Do employees know what samples to take?

Stadacona: Do employees know what samples to take?

Last fall, Stadacona was convicted under the (former) Fisheries Act and the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations. According to Environment Canada, "Stadacona General Partner Inc. pleaded guilty to having released one million litres of untreated process water into the Saint-Charles River, in Québec, and of having used a non-standard sampling method." The spill part of the case was rather obvious: The effluent was acutely toxic to fish, and was spilled when poorly-maintained pumping equipment  

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New Industrial Waste Surcharge Agreements – fair?

New Industrial Waste Surcharge Agreements – fair?

The City of Toronto is demanding that local industries sign a draconian new form of 2012 Waste Discharge Agreement, to come into force on January 1, 2012. Unfortunately, the proposed agreement could seriously prejudice any organization that signs it. For example, it gives the City the right to determine compliance without taking scientifically valid samples. As a result, some Toronto employers are organizing to ask City staff to reconsider. Readers of this blog are invited to read the draft  

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Legal wastewater samples

Legal wastewater samples

Samples that are not properly taken, recorded, handled and analyzed are useless in court, and can lead to unjustified enforcement proceedings. The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association has released a useful Guideline on Sampling, Handling, Transporting, and Analyzing Legal Wastewater Samples. Failing to comply with authoritative guidance documents, such as this, can provide strong evidence that a sample is unreliable.  

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