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ARCHIVED - A Guide to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 March 2000

Part 11: Miscellaneous Matters (Sections 313 - 343)

Sections 313 to 321 cover the disclosure of information and allow any person who provides information to the Minister to request that it remain confidential. Such information can be released only in limited circumstances, such as when the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs private interests.

Sections 322 to 327 provide authority to the Governor in Council to use economic instruments including deposit/refund systems and tradeable unit systems.

The Minister also has the authority to make regulations concerning fees to allow for cost recovery (Sections 328 - 329).

This Part includes an authority that can be used generally for making regulations under CEPA 1999. For instance, it is possible for the Governor in Council to incorporate standards, test methods or other specifications into a regulation, and to specify that amended versions of those standards, methods and specifications remain valid for the CEPA regulation. Part 11 sets out publication requirements in the Canada Gazette for proposed orders and regulations (Sections 330-333). In addition, certain regulations (toxics, fuels, international air and water pollution) can be made to apply to certain parts of Canada (such as those specific to certain sites, provinces, territories or a specific area).

Sections 333-341 set out procedures for establishing and conducting boards of review in response to notices of objection filed by members of the public.

CEPA 1999 requires an annual report to Parliament on the enforcement, administration and research conducted under the Act. Finally, CEPA 1999 must be reviewed every five years by a Committee of the House, the Senate or of both Houses of Parliament.

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