Ontario Spill Bill Passes
June 10, 2005
Bill 133, the proposed Environmental Enforcement Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005, went to an all-party government committee hearing in late May. Based on representations by several environmental groups, industry and local community groups who appeared before the committee, numerous amendments were made to improve the bill. Bill 133 underwent 89 pages of amendments after fierce lobbying from corporations and environmentalists since its introduction last fall. Now only royal assent is needed before it formally becomes law.
Environment Minster The Hon. Leona Dombrowsky indicated that it will likely be next summer before all the necessary regulations are in place and penalties can actually be levied.
For a more thorough analysis, please see also our recent article: You Spill, You Pay - Whither Bill 133?
Link to Bill 133: http://www.ontla.on.ca/documents/Bills/38_Parliament/Session1/b133ra.pdf
MOE - Community Fact Sheet: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/cons/5153e.pdf
MOE - Industry Fact Sheet: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/cons/5152e.pdf