Entries by John Nicholson

Handbook on Managing Emerging Contaminants

The term “emerging contaminants” and its multiple variants has come to refer to unregulated compounds discovered in the environment that are also found to represent a potential threat to human and ecological receptors. Such contaminants create unique and considerable challenges as the push to address them typically outpaces the understanding of their toxicity, their need […]

New Canadian Regulations Proposed on Rail Security of Dangerous Goods

The Canadian federal government recently proposed new regulations under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. Trains transporting dangerous goods can be particularly vulnerable to misuse or sabotage, given the harmful nature of the goods and the extensive and accessible nature of the railway system. To mitigate these risks and to better align Canadian standards with […]

ONEIA Golf Tournament – July 19th

The annual Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) golf tournament is scheduled for July 19th at The Royal Ontario Golf Club, Milton, Ontario. Prior to the start of the tournament, there will be a morning program that will include Karl Baldauf from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Baldauf will be speaking to the topic of […]

Ontario-based dry cleaner fined for environmental offence

Peter’s Drive-In Cleaners Ltd., located in London, Ontario, recently pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to two counts of contravening the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. Peter’s Drive-In Cleaners Ltd. was fined $4,000 for each offence. In addition, Barbara Jovanovic, […]

Niagara Region Proposes new incentive program to Redevelop Brownfield Sites

The Niagara Region municipal government, which is made of 30 representatives from 12 area municipalities, recently announced it is changing its incentive program for the revitalization of brownfields. When the changes to the brownfields incentive program are enacted, developers will be eligible to recoup 100 percent of the costs or remediation for brownfield sites. Under […]

CHAR Technologies Ltd. Accepts Delivery of SulfaCHAR Production Equipment

CHAR Technologies Ltd. (the “Corporation“) (TSX VENTURE:YES) recently announced that it had received delivery of equipment used to produce SulfaCHAR. The equipment arrived in London, Ontario recently. The arrival of the equipment signifies the commencement of milestone 2 of the Corporation’s SD Natural Gas Fund (supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada and the Canadian Gas […]

Market Insight: trends in UK contaminated land consulting (Part II)

How demand is being shaped by policy changes, Brexit and international opportunities In the first part of this Market Insight series (EA 12-May-17), we explored the changing competitive landscape amongst contaminated land consulting practices and the impact of M&A, the fierce competition for skilled practitioners and the changes brought about government funding cuts. In the second […]

Oil Spill Detection: Remote Sensing Equipment Tested

As reported in Marine Technology News, testing of the latest in satellite, airborne and in-water surveillance and communications equipment occurred recently off the cost of England to determine how remote sensing technologies can help identify and monitor oil spills at sea more effectively. The exercise took place on June 13, 2017 in open sea off […]

Ontario’s Proposed Excess Soil Regulatory Regime

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recently released its “Excess Soil Regulatory Proposal,” (Proposal) which puts forward the following: (1) enacting a new regulation and amending complementary regulations regarding the management of excess soil; (2) developing new excess soil reuse standards and sampling guidance; and (3) clarifying approval requirements for temporary and […]