The Ontario Waste Management Association is hosting a March 11, 2014 webinar now that the Ontario Ministry of the Environment has released new voluntary guidelines for the handling, transport and temporary storage of “excess soil” generated during construction or redevelopment activities.
The Guidelines attempt to correct regulatory deficiencies in the management of excess soils, which continues to be a concern for both municipalities and waste sector service providers.
The Guidelines do not, however, provide an overall regulatory framework for soil management in Ontario, nor do they clarify when an excess soil is a “waste”. The Ministry is encouraging municipalities and Conservation Authorities to consider the Management of Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices when establishing by-laws and issuing permits or approvals. But will voluntary guidelines work? The Ministry anticipates that industry will develop complementary codes of practice to support the Guidelines.
At this webinar, leading environmental law expert Chuck Birchall will help you understand:
- the current state of soil management in Ontario
- the approach and provisions in the new Ministry Guidelines – what they will and won’t do
- potential implications of the Guidelines for industry, municipalities and conservation authorities across Ontario.
Charles (Chuck) Birchall, Partner, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP