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Safety regulations for high-hazard industries

5/31/2019
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How should safety regulations be designed for high-hazard industries like the pipeline industry? Should they specify technical requirements, or should they be less prescriptive but require that management engage with reducing the risk of a catastrophic accident? Raimund Laqua, Founder and Chief Compliance Engineer at Lean Compliance Consulting, discusses a recent shift in the United States towards the latter approach, what this type of regulation might look like in practice, and a recent...

Duration:00:35:20

Balancing safety surveillance and privacy

5/24/2019
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Recording a workplace can provide valuable safety information. But what about employee privacy? Attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional Adele Abrams shares best practices for balancing these concerns.

Duration:00:26:47

Diversifying environmental outreach

5/14/2019
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How can environmental outreach speak to a more diverse audience? We discuss this question with Chúk Odenigbo, the co-author of a new book called The Forces of Nature: Gaia’s Child. Chúk is a Regulatory Analyst at Nimonik, Co-founder of the environmental non-profit The Poison and the Apple, and Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Geography at the University of Ottawa.

Duration:00:15:28

Monitoring water pollution with drones

5/7/2019
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How are drones changing environmental monitoring? Brent Walls, Riverkeeper for the Upper Potomac with the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, discusses his work using drones to monitor and document water pollution.

Duration:00:25:23

How will drones change health and safety inspections?

4/26/2019
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The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun using drones for some inspections, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration has recently acquired drones as well. Attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional Adele Abrams breaks down what this means for the way inspections are conducted.

Duration:00:22:08

Green public procurement and new technologies

4/12/2019
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From water filtration to energy efficiency, environmental technologies are improving rapidly. But it can be risky to adopt unproven new environmental technology, no matter how exciting the claims made about its performance. Mark Heilig, the Director of Operations at GLOBE Performance Solutions, discusses Environmental Technology Verification and how it can help municipalities verify environmental technologies’ performance.

Duration:00:22:50

EHS lessons from nuclear research

3/22/2019
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To help the H.C. Starck factory get their environment, health and safety performance on track after a serious explosion, Jim Joyce drew lessons from nuclear research. Joyce, who is now a Principal at EHS and Manufacturing Consulting, discusses this process.

Duration:00:18:02

Making sense of industrial carbon pricing in Ontario

3/15/2019
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The Ontario government has released a proposal for industrial emissions performance standards that look a lot like carbon pricing. Professor Chris Ragan, Chair of the Ecofiscal Commission and Director of McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy, breaks down the similarities and differences between the existing and proposed systems.

Duration:00:16:44

Bankrupt companies’ environmental obligations

3/5/2019
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When a company goes bankrupt, what happens to its environmental obligations? Do environmental regulators have to wait their turn for funds along with the company’s creditors? A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling says otherwise. Professor Fenner Stewart from the University of Calgary School of Law breaks down the Redwater decision on Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd.

Duration:00:18:33

China’s environmental crackdown

2/23/2019
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To improve enforcement of China’s environmental laws, the Supreme People’s Court of China has partnered with ClientEarth, an environmental law NGO with a history of suing governments. Dimitri de Boer, Chief Representative of ClientEarth China, joins us to discuss China’s environmental courts and public interest litigation system.

Duration:00:17:47

Due diligence abroad

2/7/2019
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When companies operate abroad, are they accountable for wrongdoing by foreign business partners? Where should they stand trial? Cory Wanless, an Associate at Waddell Phillips, discusses a case before the Canadian Supreme Court concerning allegations that Vancouver-based Nevsun Resources was complicit in human rights abuses at the Bisha mine in Eritrea. He is helping to represent the University of Toronto School of Law’s International Human Rights Program, an intervenor in the case.

Duration:00:17:22

Information control after a spill

1/30/2019
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Jonathan Kahn, a Partner with Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP, discusses the steps companies take to control information after an environmental emergency, such as an oil spill.

Duration:00:14:58

Chemical Brexit

1/24/2019
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What would Brexit mean for chemicals regulations? Companies in the United Kingdom have the second largest number of chemicals registered under the European Union’s sweeping REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation, second only to Germany. Simon Tilling, a Partner with Burges Salmon, discusses what separate chemicals regulations in the UK might look like.

Duration:00:17:29

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