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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Will Toronto go to full cost recovery in Surcharge Agreements?

Will Toronto go to full cost recovery in Surcharge Agreements?

In 2008, Toronto's Auditor General’s Report on Protecting Water Quality and Preventing Pollution recommended that Toronto should charge industries the full cost of sampling, testing and treating their high strength sewage. In November 2012, Toronto Council considered, and rejected, the idea, settling for a small partial increase, presumably worried about driving more industry out of the City. Now the issue is back at Council.  

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Municipalities awarded $115 MM for 2014 Blue Box

Municipalities awarded $115 MM for 2014 Blue Box

We're very proud to announce our victory for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario in the hard-fought Blue Box funding arbitration. Kudos to Glenn Chu and Matthew Cornett, who represented the City of Toronto at the arbitration as our co-counsel, and who successfully led the procedural and in-kind issues. Under section 25(5) of the Waste Diversion Act, municipalities are entitled to "50 per cent of the total net costs incurred by those municipalities as a result of the program", to be  

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Blue Box funding- change coming

Blue Box funding- change coming

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, told the Canadian Waste to Resources conference this week that he would have a new Waste Diversion law introduced into the Legislature, and passed, in 2015. Hopefully, it will clean up many of the drafting and design problems that bedevil the current Waste Diversion Act, 2002, as well as finally implementing the move to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) that his predecessors have been calling for since 2008. We hear that his  

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Farm Animals, Manure and Environmental Law

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Here is Meredith's presentation on Farm Animals, Manure and Environmental Law for the Animal Law section of the OBA. The presentation focuses on the manure produced by farm animals. In particular, the presentation looks at how manure is regulated and how violations of the acts governing nutrient management and discharges to the environment are enforced. Recent case law in the area shows a number of trends in enforcement:  

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