May 30, 2005

Quebec grants first accreditations for residual materials sampling

QUEBEC CITY, QUE-Quebec's Centre of Expertise for Environmental Analysis (CEEA), an agency of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, has accredited two firms for sampling of residual materials for fertilizing (soil amendments). Environnement ESA, of Sherbrooke, and Cascades Canada, in Kingsey Falls, are the first companies from a group including all sectors to have completed all the steps in the accreditation process and to receive the Ministry's certificate of accreditation. Mandatory sampling of soil amendments by an accredited company is part of the Ministry's guide to reclamation of these residual materials. The requirement comes into effect on June 1, 2005 for most pulp and paper residues, and will apply to certain composted materials and commercial lands starting in January 2006. This new form of accreditation will enhance the reliability of information provided by suppliers concerning the quality of soil amendments, particularly those used on agricultural lands. More information is available on the CEEA Web site, www.ceaeq.gouv.qc.ca.

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