Hazardous waste rules not enforced, auditor says

A “significant” amount of toxic and radioactive waste is likely being dumped illegally in Ontario because the province isn’t keeping a close enough watch on generators of hazardous waste, Ontario’s auditor general said today.

Jim McCarter told The Canadian Press that 900 hazardous waste generators haven’t officially reported any dumping in three years, but ministry inspectors haven’t followed up to see where this toxic waste has gone.

“Hazardous waste is basically being dumped some place where it shouldn’t be dumped and it’s not being treated,” McCarter said a day after his annual report was released. “That certainly is a risk to the environment.”

The Environment Ministry has rules governing the disposal of hazardous waste, but McCarter said those rules don’t seem to be enforced.

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