Maureen Reilly Part III
September 29, 1999
The Honorable Tony Clement
Industries and municipalities in Ontario who formerly had access to Ministry of Environment laboratories have had to make alternative arrangements now that the Province has closed the regional labs. The Brock Land Stewards and the Uxbridge Conservation Association is concerned that the quality of testing is compromised when the Province allows unaccredited laboratories to be used to test solid, liquid, and gaseous wastes, soils, and other materials when meeting provincial environmental, agricultural, and health criteria.
It is clear from examples like Atlantic Packaging, Ontario Disposal, and Fine Analysis Laboratories in Ontario, that scientific standards are not being upheld in some cases and that private and public interests are being damaged as a result.
Other provinces in Canada are requiring industry and municipalities to use laboratories that are accredited to Guide 25 when submitting laboratory results. Nova Scotia is currently circulating draft legislation to this effect.
Ontario should pass legislation making accreditation to Guide 25 a requirement for all analytical submissions to the Ontario Government.
cc. Hon. Mr. E. Harderman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture