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Options for Improving Conservation Authorities in Ontario
The CEA, in collaboration with several organizations that support integrated watershed management in Ontario, has submitted the following comments. The submission is in response to Ontario's proposal for renewal of the Conservation Authorities Act.
Among the proposals, we recommend there be a legislated set of principles used in fulfilling the purpose of the Act and that diverse representation on the governing boards of conservation authorities be ensured.
Coal-tar Sealcoats Major Source of PAH Contamination in Great Lakes Basin
Coal-tar sealcoats are sprayed or brushed on asphalt parking lots, driveways and roads every few years to protect against weather, extend their life and improve appearance. These sealcoats are a significant source of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), a known human carcinogen. PAHs are widespread in the Great Lakes basin. Studies have shown that as much as 50-75% of PAH contamination found in the sediment throughout the Great Lakes region comes directly from coal-tar sealcoats.
Update, August 2016:
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) published a draft screening assessment report and risk management scope document for coal tars and their distillates under the Chemicals Management Plan earlier this year. ECCC is recommending these substances be designated toxic through the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The CEA agrees and suggests banning some coal tar applications completely, read our submission: Coal Tars and Their Distillates.
The CEA has partnered with Freshwater Future to raise awareness about this environmental pollutant and how to reduce its environmental impact. Find out more about the hazards of coar-tar sealcoats here.
Clean Economy Alliance
The Clean Economy Alliance is a group of over 50 organizations (including Citizens Environment Alliance) representing a broad cross-section of Ontarians that have united to urge Ontario to show leadership in addressing the crucial issue of climate change. As members of the Clean Economy Alliance we have agreed to six principles that should guide Ontario’s climate change strategy and action plan. View Clean Economy Alliance website.
The CEA, through the partnership with the Clean Economy Alliance, is supportive of Ontario's commitment to price carbon through a cap-and-trade program. However, the proposed Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act needs to be improved in order to ensure that the program is effective, predictable, stringent, transparent, fair and durable. Read our submission to the Ontario MOECC.
The following submission (see link below) provides the Clean Economy Alliance’s response to Ontario’s proposed Cap-and-Trade Design Options document. The submission includes general comments, as well as more specific responses to questions posed in the design options paper. Read Clean Economy Alliance submission
Ontario finally passes Great Lakes Protection Act
After many years of effort by individuals and organizations across Ontario, including the CEA, the Great Lakes Protection Act was passed in the Ontario legislature earlier this month. The Act adds legal protections to the most significant freshwater ecosystem on the planet and takes a significant step towards fulfilling the recommendations made in Ontario's Great Lakes Strategy
Environmental contentions filed against proposed Fermi 2 life extension
A coalition of environmental groups, including the CEA, have officially intervened against the application by DTE (Detroit Edison) to extend the operating license at its Fermi 2 atomic reactor for an additional 20 years, to 2045. Two of the contentions concern high-level radioactive waste, and two are about reactor risks.The coalition has issued a press release about its intervention and contentions opposing Fermi 2's license extension. View press release.
New Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health
The CEA in collaboration with Environmental Defence and other environmental groups have submitted comments to the Ontario and Canadian governments regarding the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health (COA). COA sets the stage for the governments to cooperate to ensure the restoration, protection and conservation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin over the next five years. Here is our response to the proposed COA: View submission.
Environmental Coalition Continues Challenging “Radioactive Russian Roulette” at Davis-Besse
March 25, 2014: Opponents to 20 more years at Davis-Besse cite radioactive waste dilemma, renewable alternatives. Recent WIPP dump leak undermines NRC assumptions, Wind/Solar growing by leaps and bounds. Read full release.
May 22, 2013: Environmental coalition challenges Davis Besse's "experimental" steam generator replacement - Groups seek NRC license amendment safety hearings. Read full release.
November 5, 2012: Hearings on the Davis-Besse nuclear reactor license extension. Read full release
July 16, 2012: Environmental Coalition Bolsters Case Against Davis-Besse. Read full release
Proposal to Build Fermi 3
October 31, 2013: Doubts on Geotechnical Data Undermine Safety at Proposed Fermi 3 Atomic Reactor. Read.
March 18, 2013: Final Impact Statement Comments focusing on water. Read submission.
February 20, 2013: Fermi 3 Final Environmental Impact Statement Incomplete. Fermi 3 Interveners Reveal Major Inadequacies of Environmental Impact Statement – Concurrently the NRC Announces Major Delays in Safety Evaluation Review -- Major Setbacks Projected. Read full press release.
January 18, 2013: Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Fermi 3 was released. The public has sixty days from the release date to comment on the proposal. This FEIS will be the last opportunity to express opposition to the proposed Fermi 3 nuclear plant under the National Environmental Policy Act. The FEIS four volume set total of 2320 pages is available at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr2105/.
Check out the website of the international coalition to stop Fermi 3.
Citizens Show Overwhelming Support for Ojibway Shores
With over 13.5 hectares of woodlot, a marshy pond and 500 metres of natural Detroit River shoreline, Ojibway Shores is a ecological gem in an otherwise heavily developed Detroit River watershed. In its current state, Ojibway Shores acts as a wildlife linkage or corridor between the Detroit River and the interior significant sites of the Ojibway complex including Black Oak Woods, Ojibway Park, Ojibway Prairie, and Spring Garden ANSI.
Ojibway Shores is owned by the Federal Government of Canada and is administered by the Windsor Port Authority. On July 3rd at Mackenzie Hall in Windsor, the Windsor Port Authority held a public meeting to reveal its plan to destroy the property known as Ojibway Shores.
U.S. - Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Founder Ric Coronado and David Suzuki at Ojibway Shores, 1999.
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