Entries by John Nicholson

Ontario-based business pays $300K to the Environmental Damages Fund as part of an agreement related to a hydrocarbon spill

In May 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC’s) enforcement officers responded to a report from a member of the public of an oily substance floating on the surface of Schneider Creek, which is a fish-bearing tributary of the Grand River.  Schneider Creek is home to multiple species of minnows such as the longnose dace, creek […]

Ontario: Hazardous and Special Products Producers Reporting Deadline is January 31st

Producers and producer responsibility organizations (PROs) of category A (oil filters and non-refillable pressurized containers), category B (oil containers, antifreeze, pesticides, refillable pressurized containers, solvents, paints and coatings) and category C (mercury-containing barometers, thermometers and thermostats) are required to submit a 2022 Interim Report to the Ontario Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) by January […]

Ontario excess soil registry requirements take effect Jan. 1, 2022

Written by Alex Sadvari, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP The next phase in Ontario’s new excess soil regime is fast approaching. The Excess Soil Registry website goes live on Dec. 1, 2021 and the requirement to submit notices to document and track excess soil takes effect on Jan. 1, 2022.[1] Many of the requirements for the handling and […]

Ontario Environment Industry Association Environment Industry Week 2021

For the past twenty-one years, ONEIA’s Environment Industry Day has brought executives from Ontario’s growing environment and cleantech sector to Queen’s Park to meet with MPPs from all parties. This year, to accommodate ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we will again turn our regular lobby day into an entire week of virtual speakers, panels and meetings between MPPs and […]

Sustainable Brownfield Development Building a Sustainable Future on Sites of our Polluting Past

Christopher De Sousa, a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, recently published a new book entitled Sustainable Brownfield Development Building a Sustainable Future on Sites of our Polluting Past. While industrial and chemical innovations have contributed extensively to human advancement, the darker part of their legacy has been the hundreds of thousands of […]

University of Saskatchewan Researcher awarded $2.5 million to optimize contaminated site remediation approaches

Over the last five years, University of Saskatchewan soil scientist and Industrial Research Chair (IRC) Steve Siciliano and his team have developed techniques that can reduce hydrocarbons in the soil by more than 90 per cent.   Now, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) are each providing $1.25 million to renew the five-year term to build on this success and further optimize soil […]

Chedoke Creek spill update: City of Hamilton receives additional Orders from Ministry of the Environment, Conservation & Parks

The City of Hamilton, Ontario recently received an additional Provincial Officer’s Order from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation & Parks (MECP) as they relate to a spill into Chedoke Creek. In 2019, the MECP ordered the City to complete an Environmental Risk Assessment of Chedoke Creek and an Ecological Risk Assessment for Cootes […]

Chemical Spill by Quebec Mining Company results in $350,000 Fine

Breakwater Resources Limited, which operates the Langlois Mine, recently pleaded guilty in the Val‑d’Or, Quebec courthouse to one count of violating the Fisheries Act. The company was fined $350,000. The incident that lead to the eventual fine occurred on February 28th, 2018.  A 500-litre spill of flocculent from the Langlois mining site in Lebel‑sur‑Quévillon resulted in […]

Two Quebec Companies fined for violations of Canada’s PCB Laws

Two companies based in Quebec were recently fined a total of of $75,000 after each pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching the PCB Regulations made under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The first company, 150 Montréal-Toronto Inc., was fined $50,000 after pleading guilty to the non-compliant storage of PCBs between February 20, 2015, and January 30, 2018, in breach […]

Repurposing: Another Tool to address Alberta’s Backlog of inactive and abandoned oil and gas sites?

Written by David McGillivary, Lorne Rollheiser, and Natasha Tames, Gowling WLG The current path to land use reclamation of legacy oil and gas sites in Alberta is often a long one, imposing specific requirements on regulatees during the suspension, abandonment, remediation and reclamation stages of the process.   Companies often hold wells in abandonment status […]