Monday, December 2, 2013

Environmental tribunal gains a member

Susan de Avellar of Oakville has been appointed one of five vice-chairmen of the Ontario Environmental Appeal Tribunal.

She has been a member of the Ontario Municipal Board since 2005 an vice-chair of that board since 2011.

The Environmental Appeal Tribunal deals with appeals under the Environmental Assessment Act, the Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Nutrient Management Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Waste Management Act, the Pesticides Act, and applications to appeal under the Environmental Bill of Rights.

It has been dealing with appeals about wind farms, including a recent dismissal of the appeal filed by a group near Varna, in Huron County, where there are plans for 40 wind turbines. The appellants raised concerns about noise and stray tingle voltage; the tribunal sided with Varna Wind company on those issues.

The tribunal also handles appeals from decisions of the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Officer on development permits and Niagara Escarpment Plan amendment applications under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act.

The Tribunal also functions as the Hearing Officer under the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act and under the Greenbelt Act.

This tribunal reports to the Attorney General and, judging by its website listing of decisions, is quite busy.