October 2012 Bulletin

Cool Communities project releases report

CELA collaborated with several organizations on a year-long “Cool Communities” Project that resulted in the "Live Where You Go: encouraging location-efficient development in Ontario" report. The report made five policy recommendations that would encourage developers to build homes in locations where homebuyers prefer to live. Our proposed changes would address many of the downsides of urban sprawl, such as traffic congestion, air pollution, GHG emissions, and long commute times. Read more…

Keeping Niagara-area hazardous waste site on the EPA priority list

 Located in New York state, the Hyde Park landfill has been a source of contamination to the Niagara River and Lake Ontario Hyde Park. Approximately 80,000 tons (160,000 pounds) of hazardous waste had been released into the waterway between 1953 and 1975, including chemicals such as PCBs, pesticides, Mirex flame retardant, and trichlorophenol (TCP). Hyde Park was the site where Hooker Chemical (now known as Occidental Chemical Corporation) started dumping waste after another of the company’s sites, the Love Canal, was sold. Hyde Park was added to the list of hazardous sites by the EPA in 1983 and has been the subject of remedial action over the last few decades. Read more…

CELA asks federal court to stop new reactors at Darlington

CELA joined forces with Greenpeace Canada to ask the Federal Court to overturn the licence issued to the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) that allows the proposed construction of new nuclear reactors at its Darlington site.

 “We want to ensure Canadian environmental protection laws are respected before the Ontario government can proceed with new reactors,” said Theresa McClenaghan, CELA’s Executive Director.

In August, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) issued a 10-year licence to the OPG allowing it to undertake various site activities to construct new reactors. In response, CELA and Greenpeace Canada applied to the Federal Court to declare the site preparation licence unlawful and prohibit any site preparation activities.

Lawyers from Ecojustice and CELA are representing Greenpeace Canada and CELA in this matter. The groups argue that prior to issuing the licence, the CNSC failed to ensure that an environmental review was conducted in full compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Read more…

Supporting Manitoba’s proposed cosmetic pesticides ban

CELA continues to work across Canada to help communities enact municipal or provincial bans on the needless use of pesticides for lawncare and landscaping. Manitoba is now considering legislation on these cosmetic pesticides. CELA partnered with Ecojustice to submit detailed comments in response to Manitoba’s recent public consultation. Read more...

 Learn more about healthy retrofits, radon, and more

We’ve been adding FAQs to the CELA website: http://www.cela.ca/faq.  You’ll find answers to questions such as: 

What is a safe level of radon exposure in the home? 
My radon test shows a high level. What should I do?
What are my rights as a tenant to have high radon levels corrected?