• Conducting a Technical Peer Review -Part 1

    Recently a colleague asked me if I have a checklist for conducting peer reviews of environmental reports. Although I don’t have an actual checklist or formal process, there are a number of deliberations that I usually go through when conducting a peer review. Here then are some of the basic

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    In my last blog I discussed some of the amendments to Ontario Regulation 153/04 proposed by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). The remainder of these proposed amendments is discussed below, along with my commentary.   The complete Excess Soil Regulatory

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    On April 24, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) outlined proposed changes to Ontario Regulation 153/04 as part of the planned Excess Soil Regulatory Package. These regulations primarily deal with management and re-use of excess soil from construction sites (more

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    Environmental, and other, consultants are often accused by clients of trying to ‘cover our backsides’ (or similar wording). I often respond that by employing this ‘CYA’ philosophy, consultants can also cover our client’s behinds. Isn’t that what most clients are

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    In my last article I talked about some of the wackier comments I have heard from owners and agents related to environmental consulting and site remediation, so it’s only fair to high-light a few I have read or heard from other consultants (reworded slightly as needed for discretion). Without

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    By: Bill Leedham P.Geo, QP, CESA As a fan of NFL Monday Night Football, I always enjoy the segment called “C’mon Man”, where sportscasters and ex-players present videos of embarrassing plays from NFL and college football games. This got me to thinking of some of the cringe-worthy

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    Bearing Bad News - Part 2

    Last month I talked about some of the dos and don’ts of delivering bad environmental news to a client. This month I want to expand on this topic and address some of the finer points of being the bearer of bad news. It’s always something we hope not to have to do, but really is

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    Bearing Bad News -Part 1

    In environmental consulting, you sometimes have to be the bearer of bad news.  Telling a client their property has a serious contamination problem and they now own a significant financial liability is not enjoyable, but it's something we all have to do from time to time in this business. 

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    Data Overload - Part 2

    In my last article I discussed some of the research requirements for conducting a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), in particular the use of environmental databases to confirm the history and development of a particular property, and to assist in determining potential environmental

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    Data Overload -Part 1

    One of the most important tasks for any consultant working on a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is the research component. The primary purpose of the ESA is to determine actual or potential sources of environmental concern that may be associated with the subject Site, as well as

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