Notice was published in the October 24, 2009 Canada Gazette, Part 1 of the Environmental Occurrences Notification Agreements with the governments of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon. These Agreements obligate each respective government to maintain and monitor a notification system for "environmental occurrences" and to notify the other party to the Agreement of any environmental occurrence.

An "environmental occurrence" refers to the release or likely release of a substance into the environment in contravention of the specified regulations of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999), an environmental emergency under Section 201 of CEPA, 1999, the deposit of deleterious substance into water frequented by fish contrary to Subsection 38(4) of Fisheries Act, or other environmental incidents of federal interest. "Other environmental incidents of federal interest" include the release or deposit of a substance harmful to the environment or the release of a substance which causes or threatens to cause adverse effects to public safety, security, health or welfare, to the environment or to property along an inter-jurisdictional or international boundary, and the release of a substance that is of a magnitude that causes or threatens to cause substantial adverse affects to public safety, security, health or welfare to the environment or to the property of Canadian citizens.

In each case the respective provincial Ministry or Department of Environment will be the lead response agency for releases, with the exception of releases on Federal lands, works or undertakings. Environment Canada will act as a support agency for releases involving a deposit of a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish, releases which are likely to result in harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat, and releases involving or which may involve lands or waters outside of the territory or boundaries of the respective province.

The Agreements will come into effect on the day on which the Federal Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations and the Federal Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations come into force.

The comment period expires on December 23, 2009.

For further information please see: Part I, Canada Gazette, October 24, 2009, Volume 143, No. 43, page 3240

For further information please see: http://www.ec.gc.ca/ceparegistry/agreements/EONA/default.cfm