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New Canadian Environmental Protection Act



NEW CEPA WILL BE TABLED SOON: WEAKER THAN THE ORIGINAL

The new draft legislation for the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
(CEPA) will be tabled for first reading in February 1998. It will
replace the current CEPA originally passed in 1988 by the Mulroney
Government. The new draft will reflect a reduction in regulating
pollution control and replace that with new tools for promoting
pollution prevention. However, it will not contain provisions for
requiring pollution prevention reporting to the National Pollutant
Release Inventory (NPRI). 

The new CEPA will contain new provisions to reflect the harmonization
agreement signed with the provinces in St. Johns, Newfoundland, January
29, 1998. These provisions effectively make it difficult for the federal
government to carry out the other provisions in the new CEPA without
first gaining agreement from the provinces. Concern has been expressed
that the new CEPA is so much weaker than the current environmental
legislation, that calls for not proceeding with the new, weaker CEPA are
being voiced. 

For more information on CEPA, visit the Environment Canada Green Lane
Web site on CEPA at: http://www.ec.gc.ca/cepa/bckgrd_e.html.

--From THE GALLON ENVIRONMENT LETTER, Canadian Institute for Business
and the Environment, Montreal