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ARCHIVED - CEPA Annual Report for Period April 2003 to March 2004

9. Government Operations and Federal and Aboriginal Lands

Part 9 of CEPA 1999 provides the authority to regulate departments, boards and agencies of the Government of Canada, federal works and undertakings, federal land, Aboriginal land, persons on that land and other persons insofar as their activities involve that land and Crown corporations. These entities are commonly referred to as the "federal house." It also requires the Minister to establish objectives, guidelines and codes of practice for the purpose of carrying out the Minister's duties and functions under this Part related to the quality of the environment.

9.1 Regulations

Final Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 were published on August 28, 2003 (see Appendix A). The regulations will achieve an orderly transition from the use of chlorofluorocarbons and halons to alternative substances and technologies. It is estimated that the Regulations will reduce the release of chlorofluorocarbons and halons by 1146 tonnes into the atmosphere between 2003 and 2014.

In September 2003, Environment Canada completed consultations on the proposal to repeal the Federal Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Storage Tank Systems Regulations. The Regulations will provide a more comprehensive framework to effectively prevent pollution from these storage tank systems. Thirty information or consultation sessions with stakeholders were conducted in 19 cities. Seventeen of these sessions involved Aboriginal peoples living in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, and Labrador.


Three issues of the "Virage" environmental newsletter on the greening of government were produced by the Quebec Region. The newsletter provides general information on the environment and, in particular, the regulations under CEPA 1999. In 2003-04, this newsletter was, among other things, used as a vehicle to convey information on ozone protection programs to federal departments and agencies.

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