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Deregulation Backgrounder - Waste Management Act Review

Subject: 
Deregulation, Waste Management Act, pollution prevention
Author: 
West Coast Environmental Law
Summary: 

On September 21, 2002, the BC government announced a sweeping review of the Waste Management Act, the law that regulates polluters in BC.

Changes discussed in the first of three discussion papers could mean that:

  • Government regulation of small and medium sized polluters is less effective at preventing regulation.
  • Enforcement of environmental standards will become more difficult or practically impossible for small and medium sized polluters.
  • Government will have less ability to deal with local concerns such as pollution near residential areas or into sensitive environments.
  • Citizens concerned about local air and water impacts may not be able to appeal pollution authorizations given to polluters that are deemed to be low or medium risk.
  • Local residents and citizens may no longer receive notice when industry applies for a pollution permit.
  • Openness and public accountability could be bypassed through use of private contracts between government and industry that exempt industry from regulation.
  • Legally binding standards could be waived through backroom deals with industry.
Publication Date: 
October 1, 2002
Publication Pages: 
4
Publisher: 
West Coast Environmental Law
Publication City: 
Vancouver, BC
Publication Format: 
PDF