Canada and U.S. work together to cut air pollution from shipping



    OTTAWA, April 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,
and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, today announced
federal government support for a joint Canada-U.S. proposal to the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish an Emission Control
Area (ECA) in North American coastal waters.
    The proposal will help reduce air pollution, smog and acid rain and
benefit human health in coastal areas and further inland.
    The proposed Canada-US ECA will subject large ships operating in the
designated areas to stringent standards. Specifically, the measures will
reduce their nitrogen oxides emissions by 80 per cent and sulphur oxides by 96
per cent. Emissions of fine particles will also be reduced.
    "Since we share waterways, economic ties and an environment, it just
makes sense that Canada and the United States work together to reduce
pollution from shipping and keep people healthy," said Minister Baird.
    "This proposal is of particular importance to Canada-U.S. cooperative
efforts to reduce transboundary air pollution and its effects on the health of
Canadians and our ecosystems," said Minister Prentice. "An Emission Control
Area will significantly reduce air pollution levels on our coasts, which means
cleaner air to breathe and fewer pollutants deposited in our forests,
wetlands, lakes and rivers."
    An IMO committee will review the proposed ECA this July, with formal
adoption expected in March 2010. Once approved, Transport Canada will develop
supporting regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. The Government of
Canada is confident that these stringent emission standards will improve the
environment and the health of Canadians.
    The government has consulted with stakeholders in the marine industry,
provincial governments, environmental groups and community groups in both
countries over the last three years. Stakeholders can also provide comments as
the proposal makes it way through the international approval process at the
IMO.




For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Frédéric Baril, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Media Relations, Environment
Canada, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008; Transport Canada is online at
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