Consultation re: Barriers to Brownfield Development in Ontario Announced

The government has posted a notice on the Environmental Bill of Rights website indicating that the Ministries of Environment, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Northern Development and Mines and the Attorney General are consulting with the public on potential legislative changes that are under consideration for brownfield redevelopment in Ontario. The considerations deal with some of the identified barriers to brownfield redevelopment related to liability and the Record of Site Condition framework, including those barriers to the remediation of abandoned mines on crown lands. The posting indicates that this package of considerations will not respond to all barriers that have been identified by stakeholders (such as concerns in relation to the RSC Regulation Ontario Regulation 153/04 (Records of Site Condition – Part XV.1 of the Act made under the Environmental Protection Act, which are still being considered).  Click here to be sent directly to the EBR posting.   Written submissions may be made between January 16, 2007 and February 15, 2007.

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