The international situation on industrial chemicals is mirrored in Canada where the federal government is playing regulatory whack-a-mole with some of the most dangerous chemicals on the planet and proposed government amendments to the country’s primary law for controlling the risks these substances pose to human health and the environment may perpetuate, not stop the problem. That is the overall conclusion of CELA’s analysis of national pollution data when compared to proposed government amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) found in Bill S-5 now being considered in the Senate of Canada.
CEPA is Canada’s primary law for protecting human health and the environment. Yet Bill C-28, containing the first major amendments to CEPA in over 20 years, seeks to fix things in the Act that are not broken, and fails to correct things in the Act that are not working. The Canadian public should not have to wait another 20 years to fix in 2040 what is already long overdue for reform today.
CELA provided these general and specific comments in response to Ontario's proposed Land Use Compatibility Guideline (ERO Posting 019-2785)
CELA and various NGOs submitted comments and recommendations to the following consultation document released for public comments: Changes to the National Pollutant Release Inventory substance list for 2022, related to the Chemicals Management Plan Consultation document, March 2021. Our comments and recommendations below follow up on initial comments provided as early engagement through the work of the NPRI Multi-Stakeholder Work Group.
In response to a proposal to exempt a tire waste facility in Sault Ste Marie from the Environmental Assessment Act, CELA together with the Toronto Environmental Alliance, Health and Environment Justice Support, and Citizens' Network on Waste Management have urged…
CELA Counsel Richard Lindgren blogs about the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.