Toronto, ON – November 29, 2018 – Pollution Probe commends the Ontario Government on developing an environment plan, in a short period of time, which addresses the breadth of the environmental challenges facing Ontario’s air, water, land and climate. We also endorse the Government’s commitment to consult with rights holders and stakeholders to further refine the plan.
- The Ontario government’s commitment to preserve and protect the Great Lakes addresses both legacy issues, that disproportionately affect indigenous and vulnerable communities, and emerging issues.
- Real-Time reporting of combined sewer overflows that will better protect the health of recreational users of our waters. We hope that greater awareness will result in actions to reduce the volume and frequency of untreated sewage and contaminated storm water entering our waterways.
- Ontario’s government leadership role on plastics pollution in the Great Lakes and also take action through multi-jurisdictional fora such as the Canadian Council of the Ministers of the Environment to advance a closed-loop economy that will significantly reduce plastics pollution in our freshwater.
- Efforts to curb road salt pollution from both public and private sources to improve the quality of our water and the health of our wetlands and shoreline habitats.
- Reducing emissions from heavy duty vehicles to protect human health and the environment
- Targeting specific areas and communities experiencing continuing air quality concerns.
- Strong commitment to addressing climate resilience through efforts such as a comprehensive risk and impact assessment.
- Commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by establishing performance standards and regulations for large emitting industrial sectors.
- Balance between market mechanisms to foster innovation and ensure the adoption of the best emissions reduction solutions at an affordable cost.
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