2012 Spring Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development The Commissioner's Perspective Chapter 1—Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act Chapter 2—Meeting Canada’s 2020 Climate Change Commitments Chapter 3—Federal Contaminated Sites and Their Impacts
Post by Abitibibowater Inc on Dec 8, 2012 18:54:52 GMT -8
Abitibibowater wins Canada case on environmental cleanup costs Fri Dec 7, 2012 10:31am EST
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday in favor of newsprint maker Abitibibowater Inc, which now operates as Resolute Forest Products Inc, in a case on liability for environmental cleanup costs in Newfoundland.
The case centered on whether a company's duty to remove environmental contamination is like a commercial debt or another financial claim that can be reduced or eliminated when a company goes through bankruptcy proceedings. Montreal-based Abitibibowater was under bankruptcy protection in 2009-2010. ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCABRE8B60R020121207
Town trucks in water after tailings dam in northern Newfoundland ruptures 18 Dec 2012, Canadian Press
SOUTH BROOK, N.L. - The town's 500 residents are being told they can't use their water for cooking, washing food, brushing teeth or making juices, baby formula and ice. However, officials said it's safe to use the water, which comes from the South Brook River, for bathing, washing clothes and dishes. The department said no contaminants have been found in the town's drinking supply. It did not say when the dam ruptured or what kind of tailings it contains.
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Environment Canada hits alleged polluters with warnings instead of prosecutions January 23, 2013
OTTAWA – The federal government has given warning letters to several oil, gas and pipeline companies across the country instead of trying to prosecute them for alleged transgressions that include polluting air and water, inadequate emergency planning and sloppy record-keeping.
Environment Canada sent the written warnings, released to Postmedia News under access to information legislation, to a range of companies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec.
The warnings include letters to oilsands producer Devon Canada, and to Gibson Energy – a midstream company that manages pipelines and other related infrastructure – alleging that two separate oil spills at their respective facilities in 2010 were in violation of the federal Fisheries Act.
The violations are punishable by fines of up to $1 million or imprisonment of up to three years, said the warning letters.
Yellowknife's Giant Mine cleanup costs to double New documents show arsenic-contaminated site will take close to $1B to remediate Posted: Mar 27, 2013 8:47 AM CT Last Updated: Mar 27, 2013 10:42 AM CT Giant Mine, located just outside of Yellowknife, is one of the most contaminated sites in the country. About 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide dust is buried under the site
In the Northwest Territories, new documents show the cleanup costs for Yellowknife’s arsenic-contaminated Giant Mine site will be close to a billion dollars.
That's double what officials with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development have said it would cost to remediate the former gold mine. The cleanup plan is currently in the final stages of an environmental review.
Kevin O'Reilly is with Alternatives North and was one of the people who pushed for an environmental assessment of the cleanup plan. He obtained the new information through an access to information request.
PM announces conclusion of Northwest Territories devolution negotiations -- 11 March 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that negotiators have reached consensus on the terms for the devolution of lands and resource management from the Government of Canada to the Government of the Northwest Territories. He was joined by Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, and Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories... Devolution in the NWT will mean the transfer of decision-making and administration for land and resource management from the Government of Canada to the Government of the Northwest Territories. The territorial government will become responsible for the management of onshore lands and the issuance of rights and interests with respect to onshore minerals and oil and gas. It will also give them the power to collect and share in resource revenues generated in the territory. pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=5347
Environmental worries linger as NWT set to control resources Last updated Friday, Mar. 08 2013, 3:44 AM EST
But Stephen Kakfwi, who was premier from 2000 to 2003, said on Thursday that the deal has been negotiated without the input of the general public, and there are concerns that the environment and preservation of the land will take a back seat to the exploitation of energy and minerals.
“The fear is that in the future, the government will always be keenly interested in getting oil and gas activity and mining activity going with less concern for the socioeconomic impact and the environmental impact of these projects,” Mr. Kakfwi said in a telephone interview.
Federal officials seek mine cleanup in NWT over arsenic, asbestos fears
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, Mar. 17 2013, 4:07 PM EDT
Last updated Sunday, Mar. 17 2013, 4:07 PM EDT
Federal officials are scrambling to clean up a crumbling, abandoned northern gold mine that is in imminent danger of releasing massive amounts of arsenic, asbestos and other toxins.
“It’s pretty scary stuff,” said Mark Palmer, senior adviser on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development’s Giant Mine Project, which describes a proposed cleanup of collapsing, poison-filled buildings and caverns on the shore of Great Slave Lake as an emergency response.
“We are worried they are going to fall down and if that happens there will be a release.”
The Giant Mine just outside Yellowknife was an economic mainstay for 50 years. But its gold was locked within crystals of arsenopyrite, and after the mine finally closed in 2004, about 237,000 tonnes of highly toxic, water-soluble arsenic trioxide remained on the site.
Most of the arsenic was blown back underground, where huge dustpiles of it sit in 15 subterranean chambers, some big enough to swallow an 11-storey building. About 3,600 cubic metres of arsenic and arsenic-contaminated material remain in surface structures – uncontained and, in many cases, exposed to the elements.
As part of our ongoing risk management of Giant Mine, the Project Team conducted a structural assessment of the A-shaft headframe, located near the Giant Mine townsite. The work, being done by Structure All Ltd. out of Yellowknife, took place at the end of February. The structure appears to have shifted, so the Project Team is assessing its stability to ensure the safety of the site and the adjacent roadway. The A-Shaft is not being taken down at this time.
There are 14 underground chambers and stopes (mined out cavities) that contain the arsenic trioxide dust. These will be carefully frozen to create an impenetrable barrier that will prevent water from entering the chambers and arsenic from leaving the chambers.
The freezing will occur in stages over a number of years to ensure that the chambers and surrounding rock are completely frozen. The department will ensure that the site is safely managed throughout the entire process, and long-term, regular monitoring of the chambers and stopes will continue after the freezing is complete. more: www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100027419/1100100027420
Toxicology - Arsenic trioxide (As2O3) is readily absorbed by the digestive system: toxic effects are also well known upon inhalation or upon skin contact. Elimination is rapid at first (half-life of 1–2 days), by methylation to monomethylarsonic acid and dimethylarsonic acid, and excretion in the urine, but a certain amount (30–40% in the case of repeated exposure) is incorporated into the bones, muscles, skin, hair and nails (all tissues rich in keratin) and eliminated over a period of weeks or months.
The first symptoms of acute arsenic poisoning by ingestion are digestive problems: vomiting, abdominal pains, diarrhea often accompanied by bleeding. Sub-lethal doses can lead to convulsions, cardiovascular problems, inflammation of the liver and kidneys and abnormalities in the coagulation of the blood. These are followed by the appearance of characteristic white lines (Mees stripes) on the nails and by hair loss. Lower doses lead to liver and kidney problems and to changes in the pigmentation of the skin. Even dilute solutions of arsenic trioxide are dangerous on contact with the eyes.
Senate Energy Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) is expected to introduce--any day now--new legislation on radioactive waste. And, unfortunately, this legislation is widely expected to embrace the recommendations of the Department of Energy's Blue Ribbon Commission and nuclear advocates Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in calling for establishment of a "centralized interim storage" dump for high-level nuclear waste.
This has been a singular goal of the nuclear industry for nearly twenty years: get the waste off their property and ship it to someone else's. Why? Because as long as this waste--the same toxic stew of irradiated nuclear fuel that spread across the globe from Fukushima and Chernobyl--remains at their reactor sites, the nuclear utilities are liable for any damages. Once the waste is moved from their property lines, we, the taxpayers, become liable for the devastation a nuclear waste accident could cause.
Such a "centralized interim" storage site would begin the transport of tens of thousands of casks of lethal high-level nuclear waste across the entire United States, potentially affecting 100 million Americans who live within a mile or two of likely transport routes--our nation's roads, railways and waterways.
For nearly twenty years, the nuclear industry's primary aim has not been establishment of a scientifically-sound, publicly-defensible permanent solution for radioactive waste, but rather institution of such a "centralized interim storage" site. In other words, one or more "temporary" places to stash thousands of casks of lethal high-level waste, regardless of whether the site is suitable for long-term storage. www.nirs.org/radwaste/hlwtransport/mobilechernobyl.htm
OPG's most recent estimate is that 200,000 cubic metres (7.1 million cubic feet) of nuclear waste in 53,000 containers will be buried in the Dump over 35-40 years. The Dump will eventually be sealed with a sand/clay mixture and concrete, and the plan is that within a decade of closure it will no longer be monitored for radioactive leaks. Ten years of pre-closure monitoring will be followed by potentially 300 years of institutional control, and then abandonment. OPG calls the period following institutional control the "Long Term."
SaskNotes: The Government of Canadaʼs Legacy of Contamination in Northern Saskatchewan Watersheds July 11, 2013
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Beaverlodge Lake, a 57 square kilometer water body, and three other watersheds in northern Saskatchewan are seriously contaminated with uranium and selenium. Most of the contamination dates back to the 1952-1982 period when Eldorado Nuclear Ltd., a federal crown corporation, operated uranium mines and a uranium mill east of Uranium City. The Government of Canada is now making plans to transfer the mined-out properties back to the Province of Saskatchewan without completing adequate remediation and decontamination work. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will be asked to deem it acceptable for properties to be transferred back to Saskatchewan’s Institutional Control Program with levels of surface water contamination that are often 8 to 20 times above Saskatchewan Surface Water Quality Objectives for the Protection of Aquatic Life. www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/sasknotes-government-canadas-legacy-contamination-northern-saskatchewan
Post by Montreal Maine and Atlantic on Jul 22, 2013 13:39:19 GMT -8
Federal government promises $60M to help rebuild Lac-Mégantic | Last Updated: Jul 22, 2013 5:31 PM ET
The federal government is promising $60 million to help with rebuilding Lac-Mégantic. Of the $60 million, $25 million will go to refunding the province of Quebec for part of its $60 million contribution to the town rocked by the July 6 train disaster. The other $35 million is earmarked for helping Lac-Mégantic recover economically.
U.S. firm investigated for clean-up at old Canadian mill site Company acquired millions of dollars in scrap metal, but came up short on jobs promised
Posted: Nov 27, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 27, 2014 10:56 PM ET
A U.S. company that bought three abandoned paper mills in Canada with the promise of attracting hundreds of green-based jobs is under investigation for failing to properly clean up one of the sites and owes nearly a million dollars in taxes at another, a CBC News investigation has revealed.
“It seems to me that the intention is to simply cannibalize the sites rather than to turn them into attractive businesses,” says environmental lawyer Michael Hebert. “The track record, I think, speaks for itself.”
GIGI demolished the sites worth millions of dollars in scrap metal, but failed to complete the environmental clean-up at all three sites, according to the environment departments in Quebec and New Brunswick.
“Infractions to the Regulation Respecting Pulp and Paper Mills persist and are the subject of an investigation aimed at penal action,” Quebec’s Department of Environment said in a statement to CBC News, referring to one of the sites.
“The site rehabilitation report and decontamination notice have not been submitted to the Ministère, which is currently evaluating its available recourse.”
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