Environmental Law

Processing Environmental Approvals

Garrod Pickfield LLP has many years of experience working with businesses and municipalities to obtain environmental approvals for a broad range of projects and activities, including:

  • Waste Management Projects
  • Energy Facilities, including Renewable Energy Projects
  • Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs) for discharge to Air and Noise
  • Sewage Treatment Works and Water Supply Projects
  • Industrial Stormwater Facilities
  • Conservation Authority Regulatory Approvals

Our firm has worked extensively and effectively with the approval processes under a range of environmental legislation, including:

  • Environmental Assessments under both the Canadian and Ontario Environmental Assessment Act
  • Conservation Authorities Act and its regulations
  • Ontario Water Resources Act
  • Environmental Compliance Approvals under the Environmental Protection Act
  • Planning Act
Environmental Law
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Avoiding Missteps, Getting Results

Our firm’s approach is results-oriented: avoiding false starts and redundant effort, seeking the straightest, surest line to the necessary approval and focusing on targets and deadlines. Our approach draws on years of experience and maintains an up-to-date knowledge and practical understanding of regulatory requirements in this swiftly changing field of environmental law, policy and practice. Our lawyers achieve results by:

  • Focusing on common-sense, timely, cost-effective approaches and solutions
  • Understanding and addressing stakeholder challenges
  • Building a non-confrontational cooperative positive relationship with key regulatory agencies to avoid unnecessary and expensive litigation with public bodies
  • Relying, when needed, on our firm’s extensive experience, expertise and solid track record in litigating appeals before the Environmental Review Tribunal, Ontario Municipal Board and Joint Board

Achieving results typically requires multi-disciplinary teams. Where needed, our firm is able to put clients in contact with a network of experienced, practically minded and trusted consultants and experts who we have worked with over the years to obtain environmental approvals for our clients.

Dealing Constructively With Environmental Charges and Orders

Environmental land contamination issues are commonplace throughout urban areas across Ontario. Dealing with these issues can be complicated by a web of regulatory requirements, involvement of the Ministry of the Environment and other government regulators, the threat of expensive and invasive regulatory orders, and conflicting pressures from neighbouring property owners.

Garrod Pickfield LLP has been advising landowners, industries, municipalities, developers and other stakeholders on these types of issues for over 35 years. Our firm handles issues related to

  • Soil and/or water contamination
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Source water protection arising from the Clean Water Act
  • Defence of environmental charges
  • Clean-up and pollution control orders
  • Appeals to the Environmental Review Tribunal and Courts

Experience. Knowledge. Client Focus

Our lawyers maintain the most up-to-date knowledge and practical understanding in this swiftly changing field of environmental law, policy and practice. Our firm has achieved cost-effective solutions by:

  • Focusing on common-sense, cost-effective approaches and solutions
  • Building a non-confrontational cooperative positive relationship with key regulatory agencies to avoid unnecessary and expensive litigation with public bodies
  • Relying, where necessary and appropriate, on our experience as litigators before the Environmental Review Tribunal and Courts to achieve the right result for our client

Contaminated land and water issues require a solid team effort to achieve efficient and cost-effective solutions. Our firm is able to put clients in contact with a network of experienced, practically minded and trusted consultants and experts who we have worked with over the years to achieve positive results for our clients.

Contact Garrod Pickfield LLP

We help businesses throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe area and Southwestern Ontario to navigate the environmental approval process. Call our Guelph office at 519-837-0500 or fill in our online form.

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