Entries by John Nicholson


Ontario Government Promulgates Regulation Suspending Environmental Bill of Rights Posting Requirements

The Ontario Government recently announced it has made a temporary regulation to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This regulation exempts all proposals for policies, acts, regulations and instruments from posting requirements under the EBR and removes the requirement to consider Statements of Environmental Values for the duration of the State of Emergency. The new regulation, […]

St. Albert, Alberta envisions neighbourhood WTE’s

As reported in St. Albert Today, mayor Cathy Heron of St. Albert, Alberta sees the opportunity of partnering with developers and incorporating waste-to-energy facilities into neighbourhoods over the next five years.  Located just northeast of Edmonton with a population of 66,000, St. Albert has one of the highest rates in the province according to the […]

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Recycling and Organics Processing Programs suspended in Greater St. John, NB

The Fundy Region Service Commission, which is responsible for managing the waste management for the Greater St. John area in New Brunswick, has temporarily suspended the practice of separating waste into garbage, compost and recycling at the landfill, and blue bin depots have been closed until further notice. The suspension of service is to ensure […]

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Florida company claims breakthrough in turning waste to hydrogen fuel

A Florida-based waste-to-fuel company, Standard Hydrogen Company Inc., recently announced that it had made a technology breakthrough and that it had a patented process that could produce inexpensive hydrogen from waste.  The company markets itself as an innovative, breakthrough company that developed and patented technology to economically split hydrogen sulfide into pure hydrogen and sulfur. […]

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Emterra Environmental wins waste collection contract for Oxford County, Ontario

Recently, municipal officials from Oxford County (a rural municipal county of 111,000 in southwestern Ontario) awarded Emterra Environmental a five-year  contract for curbside garbage and recycling pickup.  The contract also includes two one-year extension options.  The value of the contract is $2.8 million a year, plus and addtional $703,000 for the processing and transfer of […]

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Business as (Un)usual in British Columbia: EMA Authorization & Compliance Requirements Remain in Effect during the Pandemic

Written by Selina Lee Anderson and Paul R. Cassidy, McCarthy Tetrault The BC Government has acknowledged that while the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacts on the day-to-day operations of regulated activities under the Environmental Management Act (EMA), authorization requirements remain in effect and it is expected that all reasonable measures should be taken to […]


Fun with Waste: Recycling Quizzes

There are a number websites that have offer recycling quizzes to test your knowledge.  If you score 100% on the quizzes below, you are a true waste management professional and should be proud of yourself. The Bing search engine has a 5-question recycling quiz for kids and adults alike. ProProfs has a 5-question recycling quiz […]

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Alberta becomes the first Canadian province to modify environmental reporting rules in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Alan Harvie and Kellie L. Johnston, Norton Rose Fulbright On March 30 and March 31, Alberta’s minister of environment and parks passed a slew of ministerial orders (the Orders) modifying certain industrial environmental reporting requirements in Alberta. The Orders were passed pursuant to s. 52.1(2) of the Alberta Public Health Act and are further to […]


UK Group Releases New Biogas Utilization Guide for Fleet Operators

The LowCVP which was established in 2003, is a public-private partnership working to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and create opportunities for UK business.  According to the LowCVP, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) currently produce around 15% of total road transport GHG emissions, with a similar contribution coming from light-duty vans. […]

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U.S. EPA’s Announces Easing of Environmental Enforcement during COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) recently announced an Enforcement Discretion Policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary policy is with respect to environmental enforcement of legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy addresses different categories of noncompliance differently. For example, under the policy the U.S. EPA does not expect to […]