Better comments on permit-by-rule for water taking

Better comments on permit-by-rule for water taking

Will Ontario's proposed rules for "permit-by-rule" water takings work? Stephen English of the Region of Halton has graciously allowed me to post some of his helpful comments on the details of Ontario's proposal to replace some Permits to Take Water, especially for construction dewatering, with a "permit by rule" exemption under the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry. He doesn't object to the general concept of permit by rule for construction dewatering, but notes that it can  

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Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations

Federal Govt stands down wastewater pollution regulations

The federal government has reached an equivalency agreement with Quebec over wastewater pollution regulations intended to protect fish. Under the federal Fisheries Act, the federal government can agree NOT to apply its regulations in a province, if it agrees that provincial regulations in that province provide "equivalent" protection. A similar agreement was reached in December for the Yukon.  

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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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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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