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Public participation in resource development decisions

1/14/2019
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Who has a say in resource development decision-making? Shaun Fluker, Associate Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, discusses whether and how the federal government’s Bill C-69 would change the answer to this question in Canada.

Duration:00:19:48

Can the law be copyrighted?

12/11/2018
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In theory, the law is public. In practice, laws often incorporate privately developed standards and codes that need to be purchased. Jonathan Brun, CEO of Nimonik, discusses the accessibility of standards in Canada, the United States, and China.

Duration:00:15:43

Learning from Deepwater Horizon

12/3/2018
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Abrahm Lustgarten, a Senior Reporter at ProPublica, discusses his book Run to Failure, which dissects the systemic environmental, health, and safety problems within BP that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. We discuss the challenge of regulating large government suppliers, as well as the current rollback of offshore oil and gas production regulations in the United States.

Duration:00:16:02

What do American automakers want?

11/26/2018
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After years of pushing for lower standards for vehicle fuel economy and emissions, American automakers were slow to support a rollback proposed last spring, and some have opposed it. Why? Jeffrey Soble, a litigation partner at Foley and Lardner LLP with special expertise in the automotive industry, is our guest this week.

Duration:00:14:48

Indigenous consultation and accommodation: a proponent’s primer

11/19/2018
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A string of recent Canadian court decisions have halted or delayed resource projects due to inadequate consultation and accommodation of Indigenous peoples. Kate Kempton, a Partner with OKT Law, has represented First Nations in several of these cases. In this episode, she shares her perspective on what adequate consultation and accommodation look like.

Duration:00:16:40

How is natural capital assessment being used?

11/12/2018
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Who is using the Natural Capital Protocol, and why? Bill Rahill, a Partner with Sustainability Frameworks who was the first Chair of the Steering Committee of the Natural Capital Declaration, discusses the business case for natural capital assessment, how the Protocol’s authors hoped businesses would use this tool, how business have actually used it so far, and their reasons for doing so.

Duration:00:22:22

Carbon supply squeeze

11/5/2018
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For years, the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme has struggled with low carbon prices. The Market Stability Reserve, announced earlier this year, is meant to fix that. Mark Lewis, Head of Research at Carbon Tracker, discusses the coming “supply squeeze,” who will feel its effects, and where financial speculation and politics fit in. Read Mark Lewis’ report with Carbon Tracker on this subject Register for Nimonik’s upcoming conference

Duration:00:23:38

IATF 16949:2016 implementation: how are companies doing?

10/29/2018
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How are automobile manufacturers and suppliers doing in implementing IATF 16949:2016? A year ago, Nimonik hosted a webinar in which Michael Wolfe, a standards implementation consultant with McDae Group, broke down IATF 16949:2016. In this episode, Michael joined us again to discuss audit outcomes from the past year and tips for improving compliance. Register for Michael Wolfe's session on 'Taking the Stress Out of your QMS' at Nimonik’s upcoming online conference on compliance here:...

Duration:00:18:42

Rewriting ISO 19011

10/22/2018
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ISO has published a new version of its “Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems,” ISO 19011:2018. The new standard incorporates a “risk-based approach” and is meant to be useable across diverse management system standards, not just environment or quality systems. Denise Robitaille, Principal at Robitaille Associates, chaired the committee that wrote the new standard. She came on the podcast to discuss the changes.

Duration:00:19:45

New “general environmental duty” in Victoria

10/15/2018
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The Australian State of Victoria has undertaken a “once in a generation” overhaul of its environmental protection legislation, which fundamentally changes the duties of companies and individuals towards the environment. Mark Beaufoy, a Partner with King and Wood Malleson’s and an expert on environmental and contaminated land law, discusses the changes.

Duration:00:18:41

Strengthening mine closure rules in South Africa

10/8/2018
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South Africa is proposing to tighten up financial provisioning rules for the mining sector, which are intended to ensure mines are properly closed and rehabilitated. Professor Tracy-Lynn Humby, from the Wits University Law School, discusses the proposed changes and what we can expect from the final rules.

Duration:00:14:59

An oil and gas regulatory regime for Quebec

10/1/2018
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The government of Quebec has announced regulations to implement the Petroleum Resources Act, which was passed at the end of 2016. These regulations filled in many details as to what Quebec’s regulatory regime for oil and gas exploration, production, and storage will look like. Emilie Bundock, an associate at Fasken, discusses the new regulations and what they mean for oil and gas activity in Quebec.

Duration:00:17:59

Storing hazardous substances underground in the United States

9/21/2018
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The deadline is approaching to comply with the first update to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Underground Storage Tank Regulations since they were made, in 1988. Kathy McKinney-Tovar, a Senior Analyst with Specialty Technical Consultants, came on the podcast to discuss the changes.

Duration:00:15:52

Mine-community relations: the case of bauxite mines in Guinea

9/14/2018
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Paul Maclean, the President of EEM Impact, discusses the standards mining companies need to meet when consulting with and resettling communities, as well as the practical realities of meeting these standards.

Duration:00:18:52

Preparing our infrastructure for climate change

9/7/2018
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Peter Adams, Senior Policy Advisor for Infrastructure at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, discusses the ways in which governments and infrastructure providers can plan for climate change.

Duration:00:19:52

Construction and health and safety

8/31/2018
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Jean-Maxime Duc is a health and safety advisor at construction firm CIMA+, a position he started last year after years coordinating EHS with a manufacturing firm. He discusses the transition and the challenges of health and safety work in the construction industry.

Duration:12:19:20

Methane reduction: Mexico's move

8/24/2018
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Pablo López Legarreta from the Center for Clean Air Policy discusses Mexico’s proposed regulations for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, how they compare internationally, and what we might expect from them in their final form. Mexico's proposed regulations and comments can be found here: http://www.cofemersimir.gob.mx/portales/resumen/45614.

Duration:00:16:09

“Near misses” in workplace safety

8/17/2018
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Abby Ferri, CEO and chief safety consultant with The Ferri Group, discusses who’s implementing “near miss” programs, the challenges involved, and what makes for a good “near miss” program.

Duration:00:18:10

“No data, no market”: chemicals regulation in the EU

8/10/2018
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Tristan Watts, the General Director of Commercial Development at Echoline, discusses the European Union’s sweeping REACH regulation for chemicals, who is affected, and how these types of European rules interact with the rules of members states.

Duration:00:19:15

"Waters of the United States" and regulatory uncertainty

8/3/2018
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Caitlin McCoy, the Climate, Clean Air, & Energy Fellow at Harvard’s Environmental and Energy Law Program, discusses conflicting definitions of “waters of the United States,” why this definition matters, and what’s in store for water quality and the regulated community in the United States.

Duration:00:24:45