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ES&E NEWS Federal government plans to ban microbeads In the wake of new evidence that finds microbeads pose a risk to the environment, the federal government has announced that it is poised to classify them as a toxic substance and ban their use in personal care products In March, Ecojustice staff lawyer Tanya Nayler, acting on behalf of Environmental Defence, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, and Ottawa Riverkeeper, submitted a formal request asking the government to place microbeads on the Priority Substances List to begin the process of regulating them as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. When cleansers, lotions and toothpastes containing microbeads are used and rinsed

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down the drain, these bits of plastic, often 1.0 millimetre or smaller in diameter, are too small to be caught by wastewater treatment facilities. Instead, they are flushed directly into lakes, rivers and streams. Scientists have also found millions of microbeads in parts of the Great Lakes, with the highest concentrations occurring near urban areas. Studies estimate that microbeads make up 20 per cent of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes, which provide drinking water to 8.5 million Canadians. Once they are unleashed into waterways, microbeads can make their way up the food chain. They absorb dangerous pollutants such as PCBs and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are already present in the marine environment. www.ecojustice.ca

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CH2M Names Peter Nicol New Water President

Global engineering and project delivery company CH2M has named Peter G. Nicol, P.Eng., president of its water business.

As president of the firm’s water group, Nicol has full profit and loss responsibility for CH2M’s $1.4 billion global water business, including leading more than 5,000 water professionals, in 175 offices, in more than 50 countries worldwide. He is responsible for all water activities within CH2M, including overseeing consulting, program management,

design, design-build and operations solutions for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. Nicol has dedicated his career to CH2M, joining the company in 1980 after receiving his bachelor of applied science degree in Geological Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences from the University of Toronto.

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Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine (ESEMAG) November-December 2015  

This issue features articles covering: Eliminating force main odour, controlling micro-pollutants in drinking water, Calgary's new grit remo...

Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine (ESEMAG) November-December 2015  

This issue features articles covering: Eliminating force main odour, controlling micro-pollutants in drinking water, Calgary's new grit remo...