This section will focus on legislation that governs the release of toxins and waste into our environment. Toxins and waste, and, in particular hazardous waste, are ugly by-products of industrial, agricultural, and other urban processes, such as manufacturing and oil and gas extraction. As you probably already know, these industries are important to the economic prosperity of Albertans and to people across the country. Knowing this, you’re probably not surprised to hear that in a country as resource rich as Canada, toxins and waste are a major issue facing our natural world. The situation in Alberta is no exception, particularly due to our heavy reliance on the oil and gas sector as well as other primary resource extraction.
Toxins & waste is one of our topical sections focused on a more discrete area of the law – the others include species, water, energy, and climate change. You can jump around these sections in any order and can focus on a particular topic that is important to you or you can start here and move through each one – this will help you understand how each area of environmental law is connected. Start with the links on the left hand side, and as you complete each sub-topic, you will follow the links at the bottom of each page (or the links on the left hand sides) to the next topic in order.