On August 1, 2007, the Secretariat of the CEC issued a determination dismissing a citizen submission alleging that Canada is failing effectively to enforce its environmental law by not preventing chemical and sewage spills to the St. Clair River in Sarnia, Ontario, and failing to notify downstream areas in the St. Clair-Detroit River corridor about spill incidents.

The Submitters had asserted that Canada is failing to effectively enforce the federal International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty by failing to contain water pollution from Sarnia which, they allege, is causing negative environmental, social and economic impacts in the United States.

The Secretariat was unable to conclude that the international treaty obligations, relied upon by the Submitters, had the same force of law as a statute or a regulation in Canada or had otherwise been incorporated into the domestic law of Canada. The Submitters were afforded 30 days to provide the Secretariat with a revised submission.

For more information see:  http://www.cec.org/citizen/submissions/details/index.cfm?varlan=english&ID=119  http://www.cec.org/news/details/index.cfm?varlan=english&ID=2769