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Environment Canada’s Chemical Management Plan (CMP) continues its assessment of current substances in Canada with a substantial new mandatory reporting obligation for importers and users of approximately 1500 chemicals.   The reporting obligations are retrospective, applicable to calendar years 2014 and 2015 with a reporting deadline of July 17th, 2017. Substances in All Forms Caught By Survey Consistent with its previous mandated surveys, the reporting obligation applies in respect of: substances alone; mixtures; products; or specified…

The Province of Ontario has just issued draft policy on renewable fuel standards,  Developing a modern renewable fuel standard for gasoline in Ontario (“RFS Policy”) which may well create the dynamic conditions for innovation in the fuels sector that are long overdue. Performance is 5% GHG Emissions Reductions The RFS Policy sets a “performance-based” standard for renewable fuels without any particular allegiance to any particular renewable fuel additive, such as RFS stalwart ethanol.   The current provincial…

While there has been some hand-wringing over the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement following the recent US election, a renegotiation of NAFTA would present the parties an opportunity to rethink their objectives behind the environmental provisions.   Just What Does NAFTA Say About the Environment? The main environmental Article in NAFTA itself provides a vague requirement to maintain current EHS standards: Article 1114: Environmental Measures 1. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed…