Environmentalists are calling on the Ontario government to update its regulations in order to stop the pollution of the Great Lakes.
Ecojustice, Great Lakes United and Environmental Defence are asking the Environment Ministry to review and amend nine regulations that they claim have become stagnant and ineffective.
The groups said some 140 major industries that were supposed to be regulated are still dumping wastewater into municipal sewers, and allowing toxic pollution to enter Ontario’s sewage treatment facilities.
Their application asks that the industries be required to pre-treat their waste before dumping it into the system.
The groups are complaining that the nine regulations, which came into force between 1993 to 1995, have remained largely unchanged over the past 15 years.