Improving the Rehabilitation of Ontario’s Aggregate Pits and Quarries
Ric Holt and Ed James were frustrated that gravel, sand and stone pits and quarries were not being adequately rehabilitated in Ontario. They turned to the EBR and submitted an Application for Review on behalf of Gravel Watch (a non-profit environmental organization) requesting a review of the Aggregate Resources Act. The Ministry of Natural Resources agreed to the request, conducted a review, and concluded that there were indeed weaknesses in its oversight of aggregate rehabilitation. The ministry produced a report agreeing with Ric and Ed’s concerns and took various steps to strengthen the monitoring and enforcement of rehabilitation.