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Friday, June 26, 2009

"Up to 14,000 Federal Projects to Evade Environmental Assessment," The Green Pages, July 26, 2009.

OTTAWA – Two months after announcing the enactment of controversial regulations that will allow more than 2,000 projects across the country to evade legally required environmental assessments, the federal government has revealed that the number of projects being exempted from assessment will now be up to 14,000 over the next two years.

“It is clear that the Harper government is having troubles with basic mathematics,” said Ecojustice lawyer Justin Duncan. “In addition to a spiralling fiscal debt, they’re saddling Canadians with an environmental debt that may never be paid back.”

In April, Ecojustice launched a lawsuit on behalf of Sierra Club Canada claiming that the federal government acted unlawfully in issuing two federal regulations that gut the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). The Federal Court has just allowed the groups to amend their filings to challenge the expanded exemption of 14,000 projects.

  In throwing 14,000 economic stimulus projects out of the EA [Environmental Assessent] process, the federal government is effectively saying we don’t want to know the environmental effects.
Stephen Hazell
Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada

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