February 21, 2005

CEC seeks information for factual record on Technoparc submission

MONTREAL, QUE-The Commission for Environmental Co-operation (CEC) of North America is requesting information for use in preparing a factual record on allegations that Canada is failing to effectively enforce section 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act in connection with deposits of polychlorinated biphenyls, polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons, and other pollutants to the Saint Lawrence River from the Montreal Technoparc site. The CEC Secretariat will accept information until May 31, 2005. The allegations were made in a submission filed with the CEC by Waterkeeper Alliance, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, SociÈtÈ pour Vaincre la Pollution, Environmental Bureau of Investigation and the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper/Save the River! Last August, the CEC Council asked for a factual record relating to the submission (ELW May 3, August 30, 2004). The information contained in a factual record will assist in determining whether a Party to the North American Agreement on Environmental Co-operation (i.e. Canada, the U.S. or Mexico) is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law in connection with the matter raised in the submission. Once the factual record has been compiled and presented to the Council, it may, by a two-thirds vote, make the record publicly available.

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