January 15, 2007

Clean Environment Commission launches hog production industry sustainability hearings

WINNIPEG, MAN-In response to a request from Manitoba Conservation Minister Stan Struthers, the province's Clean Environment Commission is conducting a review of the environmental sustainability of the hog production industry in Manitoba. The review will begin this month with a set of public meetings in three locations: Friedensfeld on January 22, Winnipeg on January 23 and Morden on January 25. These "scoping" meetings will give groups and individuals an opportunity to recommend issues they feel the Commission panel should address related to hog production in Manitoba. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes and should include an introduction of the issue(s), a brief reasoning why this (these) issue(s) should be part of the review and suggestions on how the panel could approach its investigation of the issues. Any group or individual may appear only once before the panel at this set of meetings. Written submissions will also be accepted and are due by February 2, 2007. In-depth discussion on these issues will not take place at this time. Detailed information on issues of concern will be received at later public sessions to be scheduled. In addition to the public meetings, the panel will enlist the assistance of experts in the issue areas identified, in order to collect information on the latest research findings. Based on input from the public sessions and the delivery of expert reviews, the Panel will prepare a report with recommendations to the Conservation Minister. More information is available on the Clean Environment Commission Web site, www.cecmanitoba.ca.

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