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ARCHIVED - CEPA 1999 Annual Report for April 2008 to March 2009
- Executive Summary
- 1. Administration (Part 1)
- 2. Public Participation (Part 2)
- 3. Information Gathering, Objectives, Guidelines and Codes of Practice (Part 3)
- 4. Pollution Prevention (Part 4)
- 5. Controlling Toxic Substances (Part 5)
- 6. Animate Products of Biotechnology (Part 6)
- 7. Controlling Pollution and Managing Waste (Part 7)
- 8. Environmental Emergencies (Part 8)
- 9. Government Operations and Federal and Aboriginal Lands (Part 9)
- 10. Compliance and Enforcement (Part 10)
- Appendix A: Contacts
- Appendix B: List of Acronyms
- Appendix C: Draft and Final Assessment Decisions of Chemicals Management Plan Challenge Substances
- Long Descriptions for Figures
2. Public Participation (Part 2)
Part 2 of CEPA 1999 outlines public participation requirements under the Act, including the establishment of an environmental registry, whistleblower protection, and the right of an individual to request an investigation and pursue court action.
2.1 CEPAEnvironmental Registry
The CEPAEnvironmental Registry was launched on Environment Canada's website with the proclamation of CEPA 1999 on March 31, 2000. Since that time, ongoing efforts have been made to increase the Registry's reliability and user-friendliness. The structure of the Registry continued to evolve during the reporting period, as new documents were added and as improvements were suggested by users.
Figure 1 shows that from 2007-2008 to 2008-2009, there was a reduction in the number of visitors to approximately 79 000 per month, a decrease from 163 000 in the previous year. The content of the Registry continues to expand to serve Canadians better and now encompasses thousands of CEPA-related documents and references. It has become a primary source of environmental information for the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally, and has been used as a source of information in university and college curriculums.
In 2008-2009, the Registry received more than 250 requests for CEPA-related information. Many of these requests were for information on the assessment reports of Batches 3 and 4 substances under the Chemicals Management Plan Challenge. Other requests involved pollution prevention plans, proposed regulations, guidelines, import of chemicals, biotechnology, permits and the Domestic Substances List. There was one Notice of Objection filed in 2008-2009.
2.2 Public Consultations
In 2008-2009, there were 30 opportunities posted on the Environmental Registry for stakeholders and the public to consult. This is the average number usually posted within a given year.
Figure 1: Visitors to the CEPA Environmental Registry, by month, from 2006-2007 to 2008-2009
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