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Watch How You Water Your Lawn (October 18th, 2012)
Read our recently published article in ES & E Magazine.


Changes to the “Brownfields Reg” (153/04) Now Finalized (January 8th, 2009)
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s (MOE) long-announced changes to Regulation 153/04, the “Brownfields Reg”, have now been finalized and will be enforced beginning on July 1st, 2011. The changes represent a major overhaul of how environmental site assessments will be conducted in the Province and will lead to major cost increases for these. Phase I ESA’s will cast a much wider net in their investigations and Phase II ESA’s will now be mandatory where a site has a history of various types of commercial/industrial operations on or near the site even if the phase I shows no evidence of contamination having occurred. Most affected will be site cleanups since the allowable limits of contaminants in soil and ground water have all been revised and the overall trend, with some exceptions, is sharply downwards. For instance, lead in an industrial soil in a non-potable ground water situation has been lowered from 1000 parts per million (ppm) to 120 ppm, benzene has been lowered from 5.3 ppm to 0.32 ppm and anthracene (a component in creosote and coal tar) from 28 ppm to 0.67 ppm. As a result, cleanups will be much more extensive (and expensive) to comply with these lowered limits.

Changes to the “Brownfields Reg” (153/04) Now Finalized (January 8th, 2009) The Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s (MOE) long-announced changes to Regulation 153/04, the “Brownfields Reg”, have now been finalized and will be enforced beginning on July 1st, 2011. The changes represent a major overhaul of how environmental site assessments will be conducted in the Province and will lead to major cost increases for these. Phase I ESA’s will cast a much wider net in their investigations and Phase II ESA’s will now be mandatory where a site has a history of various types of commercial/industrial operations on or near the site . Most affected will be site cleanups since the allowable limits of contaminants in soil and ground water have all been revised and the overall trend, with some exceptions, is sharply downwards. For instance, lead in an industrial soil in a non-potable ground water situation has been lowered from 1000 parts per million (ppm) to 120 ppm, benzene has been lowered from 5.3 ppm to 0.32 ppm and anthracene (a component in creosote and coal tar) from 28 ppm to 0.67 ppm. As a result, cleanups will be much more extensive (and expensive) to comply with these lowered limits. 

The changes to Reg 153/04 raise two important questions:

  • When should consultants apply the new limits? Although these will not be enforced until July 1st, 2011, the banks and other players will likely insist site investigations follow the new rules to avoid ending up with a report now that may be meaningless in 2011.
  • What happens to sites that have been assessed and cleaned up under the old limits but now fail to meet the new limits? The MOE will “grandfather” these sites under the old rules but we suspect the buyers, sellers, lawyers and particularly the banks will not! One major bank has already indicated they want loan applicants to meet the new rules. This will lead to additional site cleanup and serious financial loss.

For more information on the changes to Reg 153/04, click here.


Our New About Us Brochure Is Now Available (September 30th, 2009)
We have created a new brochure, "About Us".  This brochure explains who A&A is and what we are about.  Have a look
here or go to the About Us page and click the link on the right.


Our New Property Contamination Brochure Is Now Available (August 21st, 2009)
We have updated our brochure, "Property Contamination: What You Should Know", and it is now available at one of our offices or
here online.


A&A Woodstock Office New Location (May 1st, 2009)
The Woodstock office will be permanently relocated to
513 Adelaide Street, Woodstock, ON as of May 1st, 2009.  Please drop by and see our new offices.  Note that contact information by phone and email remains unchanged.
  

A&A Management


A&A Woodstock Office Temporary Location (March, 2009)
The Woodstock office has taken temporary possession of an office at
1042 Parkinson Road, Woodstock, ON while we look for permanent premises.  Contact information by phone and email remains unchanged.

A&A Management


A&A Woodstock Office Damaged in Fire (February 15, 2009)
Late in the evening of February 14th, our premises in Woodstock suffered modest damage due to a fire in the attic of our building.  The fire was not caused by A&A and no fire damage ocurred to our unit, but extensive water damaged resulted from the efforts by the Woodstock Fire Department to extinguish the rapidly growing fire.  As a result, the Fire Marshall has secured the site and our staff has only limited access to retrieve our belongings.

To address this situation, A&A wishes to inform our clients of the following:

  1. Anyone needing to visit the Woodstock office should first contact our London Office at 519-266-4680, or 1-800-385-9233 to determine how their visit can be accomodated. 
  2. All phones and emails will continue to operate normally and will NOT be interrupted.  Please call the numbers above to reach those that work in the Woodstock office. 
  3. Our equipment appears to be unaffected by this event and so there should not be any disruption to our work schedule.  If you wish to confirm arrangements, please call the numbers above. 

We will continue to post details about the status of our office here as they become available.  Your understanding and cooperation during this time is much appreciated.

A&A Management


Have You Read Our Brochure on ESAs? (February 2009)
Free copies of our information brochure on “
Property Contamination: What You Should Know” are available to realtors, law firms, banks and anyone interested in having these available to their customers.  These are designed as information hand-outs to inform those involved in property transactions.

Other brochures coming soon:
    Avoiding Asbestos Exposure at Work and at Home.
    Lead-based Paints...Protecting Yourself


New Website Now Live! (February 2009)
A&A is very pleased to announce that our new website is live (as you can tell)!  We have greatly improved the look and the functionality of the site including more descriptive text regarding our services, staff profiles, client testimonials, case studies and resources of interest to our clients.  Keep coming back often to get the latest news and resources as we continue to build the content of this site.  Many thanks to the great team at WebAssist for making this possible.


Province-wide Study of Used Tire Sites in Ontario (December 2008)
The Province of Ontario retained A & A to complete a major, province-wide study of used tire sites prior to making changes to improve tire recycling programs in the Province.  375 sites were visited and catalogued by A & A staff over the course of the 4 month project.