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June 2011
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Well, in continuation of our last post, I did get an answer from the office of the Minister of the Environment Department. We were looking for reassurance that the guy across the street wasn’t storing hazardous wastes in the neighbourhood.

I say “hazardous” for the purpose of clarity. Here, the government refers to these as “special waste,” since the old term sounds dangerous and you wouldn’t want to needlessly worry if some were to spill. The newer one, “special,” just makes them sound… well, special.

The only problem is that their answer really isn’t reassuring at all. When the response about potentially storing hazardous waste is that “he has a permit.” Ahhh?

My hope, and we have asked for clarification, is that the answer is not as well worded as it could have been, or maybe a little more generic than it was intended. I am, of course, working on the assumption that the Environment Department would not issue a waste storage permit for the middle of a residential neighbourhood. Of course, making assumptions is never a good practice, is it?


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