On August 6, 2009, Minister of the Environment, Jim Prentice, announced the federal government’s plans to issue new regulations governing municipal wastewater management. The regulations, which will be developed under the federal Fisheries Act, would reportedly set national performance standards and timelines, and monitoring and reporting requirements for the discharge of municipal wastewater effluents. According to Environment Canada, a draft of the regulations is expected to be released in December 2009.

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