OTTAWA, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Pierre Poilievre, welcomed
yesterday's decision by the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation (NYDEC) to remove a threat to shipping on the Great Lakes
St. Lawrence Seaway System.
In a press release issued yesterday, NYDEC Commissioner Joe Martens —
recognizing that shipping and maritime activity are critical to New
York State and international commerce — agreed to a national approach
to ballast water regulation in the United States.
"Canada applauds New York State for withdrawing its unattainable ballast
water requirements and agrees that uniform standards are the best way
to protect the marine environment," said Parliamentary Secretary
Poilievre. "We welcome this action as enforcement of the rules on
transiting ships would have stopped commercial shipping on the Seaway.
This could have affected almost $11 billion in business revenue and up
to 72,000 jobs in Canada and the United States."
Because of potentially far-reaching effects on the environment and the
economy, Canada already has strong rules and regulations in place to
reduce the risk of aquatic species invasions. "There have been no new
species attributed to ballast water reported in the Great Lakes
since 2006," said Parliamentary Secretary Poilievre. "As we move to
implement even stronger rules to build on this accomplishment, Canada
believes it is possible to simultaneously protect ships and their
crews, the environment and the economy."
The Parliamentary Secretary added, "Canada remains strongly committed to
protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species and ensuring the
vibrancy of this shared water resource, and looks forward to
internationally compatible ballast water requirements that will foster
economic growth while preserving our natural resources."
More information on ballast water can be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/backgrounders-b11-hs007-6535.htm
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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