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This brief contains the comments of West Coast Environmental Law in regard to the Interim Report of the Advisory Panel on Contaminated Sites, released on September 3, 2002. The panel was appointed by Joyce Murray, Minister of Water, Land and Air
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:
These notes have been prepared by Dr. Bates and published by West Coast Environmental Law in order to avoid repetition of errors in the health risk assessments for large facilities that cause air pollution.
Recent initiatives indicate that the government intends to shift the delivery of services from the public to the private sector in areas that have traditionally been off limits.
The BC government introduced Bill 54 in the Legislature May 15th; this Bill amends 23 different statutes. Our focus here is on amendments to 3 laws that will have an impact on how the mining industry conducts itself in BC.
In its first year the provincial government made sweeping changes to budgets, laws and policies that will impact the BC environment for years to come. It has reduced the scope and influence of government in British Columbians’ daily lives, initiating
The Kyoto climate protection agreement can be implemented without significant impacts on the Canadian economy. The federal government must now ratify the Kyoto agreement and define options that are effective in achieving long-term emission reductions, and are equitable.
We are writing to provide input regarding Bill 21. We are not aware that there was any public consultation on this new legislation prior to its introduction in the Legislature, despite the important issues of public policy it contains.
The BC Government has asked the public to comment on a paper entitled 'A Results-Based Forest and Range Practices Regime for British Columbia'. The Discussion Paper proposes extensive changes to the Forest Practices Code.