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

11. Miscellaneous Matters

The Act sets out general authorities or conditions for disclosure of information, general regulation-making provisions, regulations regarding cost recovery, use of economic instruments (deposit/refund systems and tradable unit systems), requirements governing publication of various CEPA 1999 instruments, boards of review and review of the Act by Parliament every five years.

11.1 Economic Instruments

In 2003, Environment Canada introduced the Solvent Degreasing Regulations under CEPA 1999. These regulations pertain to two solvents used in the degreasing process: trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene. The regulation is supported by a tradable unit system, which creates consumption units for each kilogram of solvent used. An allowance system will set limits on the quantities of the two solvents that could be used each year, based on historical uses of these substances by the users. Allowance holders will be able to retire their allowance or to transfer it to other users. Sellers and users of these solvents will be required to submit annual reports to Environment Canada.

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