HazMat Management


February 24, 2017 News

Canada’s Safety Board seeks strategies to reduce Hazmat Derailments

by John Nicholson

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) recently issued a recommendation (R17-01) calling for Transport Canada (TC) to develop strategies to reduce the severity of derailments involving dangerous goods.  The recommendation was issued as part of its investigation (R15H0013) into

February 16, 2017 News

Brownfields Remediation Conference – Brantford, Ontario

by John Nicholson

The City of Brantford will be hosting the 2017 Inter-Municipality Brownfield Coordinators Conference this coming June in the City of Brantford.  The exact date and other details about the conference are pending. The theme of the planned one and a

February 2, 2017 News

Free Webinar on Management Excess Soil

by John Nicholson

A free webinar on the about the recently launched Excess Soils By-Law Tool and the Ontario Excess Soil Management Policy Framework will be held on February 17th from noon to 1 pm (EST).  The tool provides links to municipal site

January 26, 2017 News

Manitoulin Transport opens new terminal in Northern Ontario

by John Nicholson

Manitoulin Transport recently opened a new, larger terminal in Wawa, Ontario replacing an older facility that had limited storage.  The new facility, which sits on 1.8 acres, will be able to handle twice as many shipments as the old building,

December 8, 2016 News

Subsurface Intrusion added to Superfund Hazard Ranking System

by John Nicholson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) recently finalized a proposal to expand the hazards that qualify sites for the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).  The U.S. EPA assesses sites using the Hazard Ranking System (HRS), which quantifies negative impacts

December 1, 2016 News

Online Resource assists with Excess Soil Management

by John Nicholson

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) recently launched the excess soil bylaw tool website, www.excesssoils.com, with the purpose of helping Ontario municipalities develop by-laws around the use of excess soil.  It may also be applicable to municipalities in other jurisdictions. Excess

November 24, 2016 News

Webinar on Mining Waste Treatment Technology Selection

by John Nicholson

Mining produces millions of tons of waste each year.  Contaminants from un-reclaimed or un-remediated areas have affected millions of acres of land and over 10,000 miles of stream.  Historical mining practices and the absence of routine mined-land reclamation, remediation, and

November 24, 2016 News

Uber for Trucking Launched

by John Nicholson

The bane of taxis drivers around the world, Uber recently launched a new division called Uber Freight.  The plan to develop Uber Freight includes the introduction of self-driving trucks after the company bought Otto, a self-driving trucking company in the

November 24, 2016 News

Canada to spend $1.5 Billion to Boost Spill Response Capabilities

by John Nicholson

The federal government recently announced that it was committing $1.5 billion over the next five years to boost its response capabilities to oil spills at sea.  The money is earmarked to be spent on better response measures and research on

November 18, 2016 News

Environmental Opportunities in HydroFracking

by John Nicholson

In November of 2014, President Obama stated in the press conference that he was skeptical of the claims by proponents that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would create jobs.  In its review of the project, the U.S. State Department estimated

November 3, 2016 News

Free Webinar: Air Quality & Odour Monitoring using Drones

by John Nicholson

There will be a free online webinar scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 10:00 AM  Eastern Time.  In this webinar experts will explain the use of drone, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for air quality monitoring, chemical monitoring and Meteorological Measurements

October 27, 2016 News

Clean-up Incentives Proposed for Brownfield Owners

by John Nicholson

As reported in the Daily Herald Tribune, the City of Grande Prairie, Alberta is considering providing owners of brownfield sites in the City an incentive for them to clean up their sites.  The incentive would be in the form of