Jul 02, 2015
STARTING JULY 2ND - MORE PUBLIC OPENNESS & TRANSPARENCY ON INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS!
Environment Hamilton had some success recently in pushing the provincial Ministry of Environment & Climate Change to make information sharing around problem emissions from Ontario's steel sector more open and transparent. We used our rights under the Environmental Bill of Rights to request enhanced public openness and transparency when we commented on site specific standard requests from the iron and steel industry. One specific outcome is a legally binding requirement, starting July 2nd, for all steel mills in Ontario to start to report any public complaints they receive to their Community Liaison Committee (CLC). We believe this is a step in the right direction because, up until now, company reporting of public complaints to CLCs has not been standard practice. The requirement will provide CLC members - especially those who do not live in neighbourhoods closest to the industrial core - with a more fullsome picture of the challenges and impacts associated with the operation of these mills - as experienced and reported by neighbours of the plants. To read the full list of public reporting requirements click here and scroll through he document to Page 21.