Minister threatens the environment, small business and government's credibility with Ontario heater ban

    OTTAWA, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Natural Resources Stewardship Project
(NRSP) has learned that Ontario Minister of the Environment Laurel Broten is
only days away from proceeding with her proposed ban of used oil heating in
most of the province. Although hundreds of small business owners who have
invested in these systems will suffer significant financial damage as a
result, NRSP sees no evidence that this legislation will yield any net
environmental benefit. The alternative technology being promoted by the
Minister - mass collection and re-refining of waste oil to make a portion of
it re-useable - may very well increase damage to the environment.
    Despite repeated requests from NRSP over the past two months, Minister
Broten refuses to reveal how she decided to ban used oil heating, a technology
that has been used for 15 years in Ontario to save energy and reduce space
heating costs while meeting North America's toughest emission standards. This
suggests that the ban is indefensible from an environmental perspective and is
more likely being carried out to satisfy political goals.
    NRSP highlights the fact that Ms. Broten first announced the ban during a
speech given on the premises of the re-refining company that would most
benefit financially from the legislation. The re-refiner then immediately
announced an expansion to their facility, including the purchase of the land
adjacent to their current property.

    NRSP has assembled a Web page - -
describing this ongoing scandal, one which threatens the environment and small
business alike.

For further information:

For further information: about NRSP, or to set up interviews with NRSP
participants, please visit or contact: Tom Harris, Executive
Director, (613) 234-4487,

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