The Adams Mine Landfill Project: How does the EBR fit in? – 2000

An ECO Staff Report

Background

In late July 2000, a number of individuals and groups began contacting the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) and requesting that our office review the Adams Mine landfill project. The Commissioner asked his staff to conduct research on this subject because these inquiries raise some important issues about provincial approvals that may have been or may be granted by two ministries prescribed under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). The history of the Adams Mine project is complicated and the relationship between the EBR and the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) is complex. This article provides basic information about the project and the role of the EBR and the ECO.

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