Fallout From Walkerton
In August 2000, EnPro Associates was invited to make a presentation to the annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), drawing upon our experiences in Walkerton and what it might mean for other municipalities. The following is our speaking notes used in that presentation.

Any person, company, or agency that conducts activities which have the potential to cause adverse environmental effects needs to have a comprehensive understanding of due diligence and its relationship to risk and liability.

Most provincial and federal regulatory agencies in Canada perceive statutory compliance as occurring along a continuum. It is helpful for the regulated community to understand the continuum.

In Sept. 2000, Ontario's Environment Ministry established a new 65 member SWAT team focused on elevating compliance through increased inspections and enforcement. This is just one of several recent government initiatives reflecting growing public intolerance of adverse environmental activities.

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