McGuinty Government To Ban Untreated Hazardous Waste
Strong New Regulation Will Protect Human Health And The Environment
GUELPH -- The government is cracking down on the dumping of untreated hazardous waste by introducing rules that will address a serious problem ignored by the previous government, says Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"One of the priorities we ran on -- and Ontarians voted for -- was a commitment to safe, clean, livable communities," said Premier McGuinty. "We made a commitment to clean up Ontario, to crack down on polluters and protect Ontarians from hazardous waste. Today, I'm happy to announce that Ontario's days as a haven for untreated toxic waste are over."
The Harris government allowed polluters to simply dispose of hazardous waste untreated, opening Ontario up to dumping by surrounding jurisdictions with stronger laws. These new rules will put Ontario on par with its neighbours in the U.S. and Canada.
The proposed regulation will require hazardous waste -- including corrosive manufacturing waste and toxic sludges containing heavy metals -- to be treated. All toxic pollutants will be neutralized, immobilized or eliminated before disposal.
"We are strengthening environmental protection rules so that Ontarians can enjoy the quality of life they deserve," said Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky. "We are telling hazardous waste generators, including importers, that it is time to improve hazardous waste management in Ontario."
Premier McGuinty said that this proposed regulation is an important step towards protecting Ontario's environment for future generations.
"Ontario's environment is one of its greatest assets," said Premier McGuinty. "We want to make sure that we dispose of waste in a more sustainable way, so that our children and future generations can enjoy the legacy of Ontario's natural beauty."