The public comment period for proposed changes to the Environmental Emergency Regulations closes on December 7, 2016.
Details regarding the invitation to comment and the proposed text are found at https://www.ec.gc.ca/ee-ue/default.asp?lang=En&n=B2B4A2B2-1.
CAAR is working with its counterparts in the industry to develop a consistent response to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and will share that position once completed. However, all agri-retailers are strongly encouraged to provide their own comments.
Sections that may be of particular importance to agri-retailers include:
• the notifications and new periodic reports defined in Sections 3, 4, 13 and 14;
• a new requirement to communicate with the public, described in Section 4 (2)(i);
• a new requiremnt in Section 7 to exercise environmental emergency plans in full every five years, with at least one component exercised every year.
How To Submit Comments
Any person may, within 60 days after the publication of the proposed regulations, file with the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change written comments on the proposed Regulations. All comments must cite in the subject header, “Comments - Canada Gazette, Part I – Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2016” and be sent to:
Lo Cheng, Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd., 16th Floor, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H3
All comments must be submitted by December 7, 2016.
A summary of the comments and responses from the preliminary 2013 – 2014 consultations process is available on the Environmental Emergency Website.
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