Residual material management: the Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hold public hearings and launches an on-line consultation



    QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Committee on Transportation and
the Environment of the National Assembly has announced the holding of public
hearings and is launching an on-line consultation on residual material
management in Québec. This order of initiative was adopted unanimously by the
Committee members.
    The Committee chose to look particularly at the source reduction of
residual material. It will also examine the reuse, recycling and reclamation
of certain materials, namely: putrescible materials, single-use beverage
containers, dangerous household waste as well as residual materials stemming
from the industrial, commercial and institutional sector and from the
construction, renovation and demolition sector. Lastly, the Committee will
examine the elimination of residual materials such as solid residue and
municipal wastewater sludge.
    "This is an important exercise for the Committee since residual material
management is of utmost importance for the future of our society. The time is
well chosen to look at this issue since Québec's policy on residual material
for 1998-2008 will soon expire. The Committee members hope that the report,
which should be tabled before the summer of 2008, will constitute one of the
key elements of the future 2009-2019 policy", stated Mr. Lawrence S. Bergman,
Member for D'Arcy-McGee and chairman of the Committee.
    The hearings are scheduled to begin in February 2008. The Committee
expects the hearings to take place over a two-week period.
    The Committee is launching an on-line consultation whereby citizens may
give their opinion without having to submit a brief. The answers will be
forwarded to the Committee members during this mandate. "This will provide us
with the population's viewpoint on these issues of concern to all Quebecers.
The proceedings that have been initiated reflect the will of the Committee
members to work together in a constructive manner to find solutions regarding
this important issue", added Mr. Jean Domingue, Member for Bellechasse and
vice-chairman of the Committee. Any individual or agency will also have the
opportunity to forward to the Committee via the Internet a document presenting
an opinion on an issue discussed in the working paper. Persons interested by
this consultation may visit the Internet site of the Committee on
Transportation and the Environment at the following address:
http://www.assnat.qc.ca/matieres-residuelles.
    Briefs submitted by the groups to be heard during the hearings as well as
all reflection papers received will be available on the Internet site of the
Committee.

    The Committee on Transportation and the Environment is composed of
12 Members. It is chaired by Mr. Lawrence S. Bergman, Member for D'Arcy-McGee,
and its vice-chairman is Mr. Jean Domingue, Member for Bellechasse. The other
Committee members are: Mr. Camil Bouchard, Member for Vachon, Mr. Jean
Damphousse, Member for Maskinongé, Mr. Serge Deslières, Member for
Beauharnois, Mr. Simon-Pierre Diamond, Member for Marguerite-D'Youville,
Mr. Luc Ferland, Member for Ungava, Mr. Pierre Gingras, Member for Blainville,
Mrs. Johanne Gonthier, Member for Mégantic-Compton, Mr. François Ouimet,
Member for Marquette, Mr. Pierre Reid, Member for Orford, and Mr. Gerry
Sklavounos, Member for Laurier-Dorion.
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For further information:

For further information: Mr. Lawrence S. Bergman, chairman, (418)
646-4622, (418) 646-7666, lbergman@assnat.qc.ca; Mr. Jean Domingue,
vice-chairman, (418) 644-0709, (418) 644-0947, jdomingue@assnat.qc.ca; Source:
Mr. François Arsenault, clerk, (418) 643-2722, farsenault@assnat.qc.ca

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