Government of Canada takes action to combat dumping of raw sewage and upgrade sewage treatment



    OTTAWA, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Environment Minister John Baird today
announced that the Government of Canada is taking action to combat the dumping
of raw sewage into our lakes, rivers, and oceans, and greatly improve sewage
treatment across Canada. This action will help protect the health of
Canadians, and will help address the threat of blue-green algae growth.
    "The Government of Canada is taking action now to cut water pollution by
setting hard and tough new national standards for sewage treatment," said
Minister Baird. "These new rules will bring Canada in line with some of the
toughest rules in the world today, like those in the European Union. For too
many years, previous federal governments have failed to act. This government
will take that action. Canada will have tough national rules needed to improve
water quality and protect the health of Canadians."
    The proposed regulations are to be published next year. These new
regulations will also have a positive impact on filtering out substances like
phosphates, which can lead to excessive blue-green algae production, as well
as mercury and pharmaceutical products in sewage outflow. The rules will
enforce national standards to the more than 4,600 wastewater collection and
treatment systems in towns, cities, and communities across Canada.
    Improving the quality of water in our lakes, streams and rivers requires
collaborative approaches and actions by the federal, provincial, territorial
and municipal governments and aboriginal communities. The Government is taking
action now through federal regulations which will provide clear instruction to
all municipal, aboriginal, federal or private owners of a sewage treatment
plant.
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will
support infrastructure projects, such as sewage treatment systems, that
contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment for Canadians and businesses, a
stronger economy, and a more secure Canada.

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Media Relations, Environment
Canada, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008; For more information, please visit
Environment Canada's Web site at www.ec.gc.ca/ceparegistry


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