Federal Government Seeks Public Comment on its Proposal to Add the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act as a trigger for Environmental Assessment



    OTTAWA, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) is seeking public comments on its proposal to add the
International Boundary Waters Treaty Act (IBWTA) to the Law List Regulations
and the Inclusion List Regulations of the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Act (the Act). These regulatory changes would introduce IBWTA licenses as
'triggers' for environmental assessment under the Act.
    The comments received by September 1, 2008, will be considered when
preparing the regulations for final approval by Treasury Board.
    Under the IBWTA, a license granted by Foreign Affairs and International
Trade Canada is necessary when a project in Canada may alter the level of flow
of waters on the United States' side of the border. The new regulation
strengthens the Government's oversight of such projects by requiring an
environmental assessment before these projects are considered for a license.
    The proposed regulations are available for consultation on the Canada
Gazette's Web site at www.canadagazette.gc.ca .

    FOR BROADCASTERS:

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is seeking public comments
on its proposal to amend the Law List Regulations and the Inclusion List
Regulations to add International Boundary Waters Treaty Act licenses as a
'trigger' for environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Act. For more information, please visit the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency's Web site at www.ceaa.gc.ca .




For further information:

For further information: Media: Julie Boucher, Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0406


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