Ontario has made some notable progress in dealing with hazardous waste, but still needs to address the threats to the environment, human health and the province’s economy associated with the significant quantities of hazardous waste that continue to be generated as well as gaps in regulation and enforcement, says the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) in the Institute’s latest status report, entitled Hazardous Waste in Ontario: Progress and Challenges.
The report builds on two previous CIELAP reports published in 2000 and 2003, analyzing trends in hazardous waste in Ontario between 1994 and 1998 and between 1998 and 2000, respectively. Both studies revealed a substantial increase in quantities of hazardous waste generated within the province and transported into Ontario from the U.S. for treatment, and both predicted that this trend would continue because Ontario lacked detailed regulatory standards for hazardous waste handling and disposal.
Since then, notes the new report, the government has made significant progress in this area. Nevertheless, certain gaps still remain, illustrated by the fact that the amount of hazardous waste generated in Ontario remained almost unchanged over the past five years. In 2005, notes the report, Ontario generated 1,721,240 tonnes of hazardous and liquid industrial waste, only slightly less than the 1,724,933 tonnes generated in 2000.
The full report may be viewed atwww.cielap.org